Prayers of the People for Sunday July 3, 2016

god-strenghtDear Lord, we are reminded that you are like a good parent and friend, one who nurtures and comforts us so that we may flourish.  With this freedom to grow in strength and purpose, may we labor in our daily lives in those fields to which you have called us.  To you we lift our voices saying,  Help us to sow in the Spirit and work for the good of all.

On this eve of our Independence Day celebration we ask your blessing upon our nation and pray that you may guide us and all our leaders in the path of your way and your truth.  We pray for those who have no liberty, for victims of injustice, for those who lack shelter, food, education, health care, and are not treated with the dignity of one who is made in your image.  Help us, O Lord, to see clearly and do your work, as we pray,  Keep watch over all and let us not grow weary in doing what is right.

Lord, we know that your hand is with your servants.  Continue to be with us in our search for a new rector who will guide and support us in doing your work in a hurting world.  We pray for Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Eugene and Chilton, our Bishops; John, our Rector; Robert, our Seminarian; and James, our Rector Emeritus.  We ask your blessing on the parishes in the Diocese of Maryland, especially St. Paul’s, Mt. Airy; St. Peter’s, Ellicott Mills; St. Hilda’s, Catonsville.  In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we remember The Church of Papua New Guinea, as we pray,  Help us to sow in the Spirit and work for the good of all.

We lift up all who suffer in mind, body, or spirit, remembering especially ____, and those you now name.  Lord, be their comfort and their consolation as we pray,  You hold our souls in life and will not allow our feet to slip.

We remember loved ones who have died and gone home to you, Lord, especially ____, and those you now name.  Give them eternal rest and hold those who mourn close to you, that they may be comforted. We lift our voices sayingThe Kingdom of God has come near and you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.

There is much for which we give you thanks and praise, O Lord.  We are grateful for the presence of those who are new or visiting with us today and ask your blessing on them as we celebrate this Eucharist together. In our church family, we give thanks for the birthdays, & baptismal and wedding anniversaries.  During this weekend of celebration, strengthen our bonds with family, friends, and neighbors, and keep safe all who travel.  Our hearts are full as we say,  We are joyful in You, O God, and lift our voices in praise.

Father, we have been made a new creation through your Son, Jesus, and have received your Holy Spirit through the sacrament of Baptism.  Help us to continue to labor in your harvest with a spirit of gentleness and determination, to share your peace, and to bear one another’s burdens.  Strengthen us as a family of faith as we lift up our hearts, minds, and spirits saying, We shall see, and our hearts shall rejoice, for the hand of the Lord is with His servants.   

Amen.

(written by members of Christ Episcopal Church)