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Prayers of the People September 8, 2019

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Based on Acts 28:1-3. 5-10 

We thank you, God, for the numberless gifts of our lives.  Open our minds and hearts to you, so that in difficult times we might be less prone to worry or despair – and more likely to trust patiently and hopefully that new beginnings are yet possible for us, because you never abandon us or leave us comfortless.  Help us witness all the ways your spirit reliably enters our world and our lives to make all things new.  Let us find peace in that recognition.  

And we pray today for such recognition of you, and such sustaining peace, wherever there is loneliness, wherever there is hardship, wherever there is pain, wherever there is grief, wherever there is disillusionment.  May your spirit enter in.  Solutions to life’s challenges and losses may not come easily and quickly, but let all in need learn to rely upon your spirit, O God, for the unexpected resolution, or the unanticipated alternative plan, or the surprising gift of grace. 

We pray especially today for the people pf the Bahamas and all the others who have been wounded by the fury of Hurricane Dorian.  Let them find hope in you and strength in the caring outreach which will be offered by dedicated and compassionate people.  Spur us, we pray, to bring our kindness, our courage, our empathy, our generosity to the resolution of this crisis.

In fact, spur us again and again to be Christ’s hands and feet, wherever we may find ourselves capable of acting on his behalf.  Direct us toward our next roles and responsibilities, God.  If we are to welcome the stranger, let us throw wide the door.  If we are to heal the broken, let us employ every skill we know to speed a cure.  If we are to forgive an injury, let us set aside our pride and release the anger or bitterness we harbor.  If we are to give of ourselves, as our Christ gave so freely, then direct us in what we may offer and where we are most needed.  We pray the love from Christ to us may flow on and on, that the circle may ever be unbroken and our lives may move to the beat and rhythm of Christ’s heart of welcome and all-embracing love.  We pray now in his memory and in his own words, as we say together … The Lord’s Prayer.