Prayers of the People for Sunday June 19th, 2016

Fathers-Day

In peace we pray to you, dear God. We give you thanks for this day, for this community of faith, and for the privilege to worship you – O God of all creation! Lord, hear our praise!

Help us recognize your loving blessings in so many places, sometimes very unexpected places.  You say to us ‘Here I am, here I am.  We give thanks for your serendipitous presence in our lives.  Lord, hear our praise!

Give us trust that, as we say yes to you, you will give us the needed resources, strength and guidance.  We give thanks for the example of your servant Elijah, you want us to nourish ourselves for this journey…physically, mentally and spiritually.  Help us to say ‘Easy does it.’  We are the vessels of your grace.  Lord, hear our praise!

With joy we celebrate Father’s Day for all of our fathers and father figures.  We remember those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.  For those who touch our lives and reveal the image of Christ and those we love unconditionally as Christ loves us, we give you thanks.  Lord, hear our praise!

We pray for the leaders for this community, our country and the world.  We pray that all leaders will be guided by your wisdom and devoted to the care of their people.  In particular, we pray for Barack, our President; for Larry our Governor; in the Church we prayer for Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Eugene and Chilton, our Bishops; John, our Rector; Robert, our Seminarian; and James, our Rector Emeritus.  We ask our Lord’s blessing on the Anglican Communion, remembering the United Anglican Church of North India; for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer Holy Apostles, Arbutus; St. Andrew’s, Glenwood; St. Barnabas, Sykesville in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Lord, hear our prayer!

Send your loving spirit to uplift those in need of your comfort.  Give to those ravaged by war or poverty or hunger hope and healing. To those suffering in illness we ask for the grace of your healing spirit, remembering especially ___ (N) and those we now name.  Lord, hear our prayer!

We remember in prayer those who have passed from this earthly life, remembering especially__. Comfort those who sorrow, and; let their faith, their consolation, and eternal life be the hope of all your people.  We profess our faith to you.  Lord, hear our prayer!

We especially pray for communities that have suffered from the tragedy of violence, remembering especially Charleston, SC and the shooting one year ago; for Orlando, and the shooting this past week.  We grieve for the losses for these families, that can be overcome by fear and mourning. Grant them your comfort, and give us the courage to be vessels of your healing, justice and peace.  Lord, hear our prayer!

As we go through this week help us to remember we are united by Christ Jesus.  We are not alone.  We are all ‘children of God through faith.’  Give each of us deepening faith and an openness to your Holy Spirit that each of us may continue to grow in faith and to bless the world in your name.  Our faith in You, Lord, makes all things possible. 

AMEN.

(written by members of Christ Episcopal Church)