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Prayers of the People October 20, 2019

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Based on Jeremiah 31:31-34

God of creation, you create still, by offering us this new day, this new chance, this new beginning.  Today we have brought to you an offering from the abundance that is ours.  Let our offering help to secure new beginnings for others, wherever there is need for fresh starts, we pray.

We join our prayers today, O God, with followers of your Son from across the globe and across the ages who have weathered storm after storm, through his Spirit’s guidance and grace.  When life’s uncertainties tempt us to cling for security to projects, purposes, and practices of human design, help us remember that no earthly authority may make a claim to permanence which belongs to you, alone, O God.  Help us be willing to let all perishable things pass away, as time sweeps on, with the assurance that you are the imperishable constant that will see us through.

Make us then, not reluctant witnesses to the inevitable cycles of life and faith, we pray, but their awed and grateful observers.   Help us to willingly participate in clearing away whatever has become unhelpful, rigid, or uninspired.  Help us to welcome the new things you are about to do among us.  Keep us watching with hopeful anticipation as the cracks appear in old, outworn ideas and structures.  Remind us that perhaps it will be through those very cracks that your life-renewing spirit may find room to bubble up and bring restoration. 

And allow us, we pray, O God, to be willing to let our own lives be periodically transformed, reformed, and renewed, as well.  Let what should recede and depart from us, go.  Then write your covenant of grace boldly and lovingly across our hearts – erasing records of our wrongs, claiming us for your own, shaping us to your purposes, drawing us ever nearer to you. 

Help us to be, O God, Christ’s reformed people, who are reforming still … people of pliable minds and hearts who follow Christ’s call to meet new challenges, to love new people, to care with new depth, to learn new duties, to strive for greater good.  And using now Christ’s own words, we pray together saying … The Lord’s Prayer.