Prayers of the People for Sunday June 5th, 2016

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(written by members of Christ Episcopal Church)

Dear Lord, today is Survivors’ Sunday in which we give thanks for the restoration of health to survivors of cancer and other diseases.  We are reminded in scripture of your compassion and saving grace.  Even when our prayers do not result in the restoration of physical health, we trust in your promise of spiritual healing and the gift of eternal life.  May our hearts and minds remain open to your presence.  Together we ask, Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on us.

We lift in prayer people everywhere who are victims of war and other forms of violence, poverty and famine, environmental degradation and natural disasters.   Among others, we pray for the people of Syria, Burundi, and Venezuela.   We pray for victims of wildfire in Edmonton and of mudslides in Sri Lanka.  We ask that all who suffer come to know your healing presence and that world leaders be called to be instruments of your peace.  Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on us.

 May we never forget that the church is one body, united by your love and the sacrifice of our Savior.  May we forgive one another for our differences and remember that we are all members of the Jesus Movement.  In the Anglican cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma).  In the Diocese of Maryland, we give thanks for St. Katherine of Alexandria, Baltimore; St. Christopher’s, Linthicum; and Holy Trinity, Baltimore.  We lift in prayer our Presiding Bishop, Michael; our Bishops Eugene and Chilton; our Rector, John; and our Rector Emeritus, James.  Thank you for bringing newcomers and visitors into our midst this morning.   May they be blessed in their worship here and know that they are all welcome at Christ Church.  Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on us

We seek healing for those who are ill, especially ___.  We give thanks for their caregivers.  Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on us

We pray for the souls of those who have departed this life, especially (N…)   and for those who weep for the loss of their loved ones.   May the souls of the departed rest in peace with you and may their survivors find comfort.  Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on us

We are grateful for the happy occasions that members of the Christ Church family celebrate this week. We thank you for the gifts of their lives, their marriages, and their baptism and for the joy that comes with these celebrations.   O Lord, we give thanks to You forever.     

In the week ahead, O Lord, be our helper, that we may show your love and proclaim your good news to all we meet, in both words and actions.

Amen.