Prayers of the People 12/2/2012 – First Sun in Advent

Prayers of the People

Prayed at St Paul‘s on 2 December 2012

Following Form 1

Christ in Glory

Christ in Glory

One:We seek the mighty God
in the most unlikely places
as a child in a stable,
and in an empty tomb.
May God hear these prayers,
which come from the unlikely corners of our lives.

With all our heart and with our entire mind, let us pray to the Lord, saying, “Lord have mercy.”

For the peace of the whole world, in the places familiar to us and the places we fear going, for the welfare of the holy Church of God in all its forms, and for the unity of all peoples, both those we love and those we fear, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord have mercy.

One: For our Bishops Katherine and Nathan, for our Priest Kate, intern Chap, Wardens Sarah and Mark, Music Director Fred, and for all the clergy and people, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord have mercy.

One: For our President Barak, Congress and Senate, Supreme Court and for the leaders of the nations and for all in authority, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord have mercy.

One: For this city of Harrisburg, Mayor Linda and City Council, for our Uptown Neighborhood, every city and community and for those who live in them let us pray to the Lord.

All:Lord have mercy.

One: For the good earth which God has given us, its waters, soils, minerals, plants, animals and all its beauty which sustain us; and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord.

All:Lord have mercy.

One: For those who travel on land, on water, in the air, and in outer space, especially those who pilot our planes, captain our ships, drive our trains, buses and cabs, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord have mercy.

One: For the aged and ill, especially those listed in our bulletin, for the widowed and orphaned, especially those who are left so by violence, for the sick, suffering, and addicted, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord have mercy.

One: For all children who are abandoned, abused, neglected, pressed into military service, prostitution or other forms of exploitation, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord have mercy.

One: For the poor and the oppressed around the world and across the street, for the unemployed and the destitute in our own community and across the globe, for prisoners and captives both those justly and unjustly imprisoned and for all who remember them, care for them, and work for their release, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord have mercy.

One: For all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and all the departed, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord have mercy.

One: For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression, abuse and degradation, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord have mercy.

One: That we may end our lives in faith and hope, without suffering and without reproach, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord have mercy.

One: Defend us, deliver us, and in thy compassion protect us, O Lord by thy grace.

In the communion of Paul and Barnabas and of all the saints in every time and place, let us commend ourselves and one another, and all our lives to Christ our God.

Give us ears to hear, O God,
and eyes to watch,
that we may know your presence in our midst
during this holy season of joy
as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. Amen

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Prayers of the People 23 Sept 2012

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Prayed at St Paul on Sun 23 September 2012

Based on Form III, Book of Common Prayer, page 387

One: Friends in Christ,
God invites us to hold the needs of our sisters and brothers
as dear to us as our own needs.
Loving our neighbors as ourselves,
we offer our thanksgivings and our petitions
on behalf of the church and the world.

Good and Loving God, we pray for your holy catholic Church;

All: That we all may be one.

One: Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you;

All: That your Name may be glorified by all people.

One: We pray for Katherine and Nathan our bishops, Kate our priest, and Anne our deacon and all bishops, priests, and deacons;

All: That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.

One: We pray for our president Barak, our governor Tom, our Mayor Linda, all candidates for office, and all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;

All: That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

One: Give us grace to practice mercy rather than judgment, compassion rather than self-righteousness and to do your will in all we undertake;

All: That our works may find favor in your sight.

One: Have compassion on those listed in our bulletin, those we name before you (out loud or in our hearts ) who suffer from sickness, addiction, abuse, grief or trouble;

All: That they may be delivered from their distress.

One: God of abundant faithfulness, have compassion on all those who are struggling to find their path in life, who are in debt, despair, or have no hope;

All: That they may be delivered from their distress.

One: Give to the departed eternal rest;

All: Let light perpetual shine upon them.

One: We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy:

All: May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

One: We praise you and give you thanks, O God, for all that we have: our health and the health of our families, for a roof over our heads, a bed to sleep in, food to eat, the sunshine and rain – remembering that ALL good things come from you. 

Let us pray for our own needs and those of others, out loud or in our hearts.

Hear our prayers, God of power,
and through the ministry of your Son
free us from the grip of the tomb,
that we may desire you as the fullness of life
and proclaim your saving deeds to all the world.

Amen.

 

Because you Asked – Prayers of the People

English: A prayer in the Western Wall.

English: A prayer in the Western Wall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Prayers of the People

from

26 August  2012

 

Friends in Christ,
God invites us to hold the needs of our sisters and brothers
as dear to us as our own needs.
Loving our neighbors as ourselves,
we offer our thanksgivings and our petitions
on behalf of the church and the world.

 

Silence

For all people in their daily life and work, especially today we pray for those who are facing employment, foreclosure, and eviction or loss of health insurance;

For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who

are alone.

 

For this community of Uptown Harrisburg and those that struggle to make ends meet here, and especially today we pray for the people who came to St Paul’s door this week seeking our help

For our nation, and the world especially in the Sudan, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan;

For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

 

For the just and proper use of your creation;

For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

 

For all who are in danger, sorrow, grief, addiction, sickness or any kind of trouble;

For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the

needy.

 

For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth

 

For Katherine our Presiding Bishop, Nathan our Bishop, for Kate our Priest, Anne our Deacon, Sarah and Mark our Wardens and

For all bishops, priests and other ministers;

For all who serve God in his Church.

 

For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.

 

Especially we lift you before you Adrian that he may be surrounded by your light. Hear us Lord

For your mercy is great

 

For Steven  as he leaves on a deployment to Afghanistan.  Hear us Lord

For your mercy is great

 

For all those going through life transitions – new jobs, new schools, new homes, new directions, new babies, or even moving into the final stages of life – let them surrounded and comforted by your light and love. Hear us Lord.

For your mercy is great

 

For all who have experienced rape, incest or sexual abuse that they may find comfort and healing. Hear us Lord.

For your mercy is great

 

Look with compassion on all parents and children who are lost, stolen, pressed into military service, forced into slavery or have run away. Let not their hope be taken away. Grant them comfort and courage that their relationships  may be restored. Hear us Lord.

For your mercy is great

 

For all those needs we name before you in our hearts. Hear us Lord.

For your mercy is great

 

Silence

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

 

Silence

 

We thank you for our health and the health of our families. We will exalt you, O God our King;

And praise your Name for ever and ever.

 

We give thanks for Fred, Ben, Todd and for all who help us make a joyful noise unto the Lord. We will exalt you, O God our King;

And praise your Name for ever and ever.

 

We give thanks for teachers, bus drivers, crossing guards, cafeteria works, janitors and all who care for our children each day. We will exalt you, O God our King

 And praise your Name for ever and ever.

 

For you are a God of abundant love and covenant faithfulness who brings us new mercies every morning. We will exalt you. O God our King

And praise your Name for ever and ever.

 

For other blessings and thanksgivings that are too personal to speak aloud but that we name before you in our hearts. We will exalt you, O God our King.

And praise your Name for ever and ever.

 

We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in

your eternal kingdom. Especially those listed as our remembrances for August

 

Silence

Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;

Who put their trust in you.

 

Hear our prayers, God of power,
and through the ministry of your Son
free us from the grip of the tomb,
that we may desire you as the fullness of life
and proclaim your saving deeds to all the world. Amen.

 

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The Wailing Wall

English: Wailing Wall Jerusalem 2011

English: Wailing Wall Jerusalem 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Wailing Wall is the name for the Western Wall at the foot of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the only remaining portion of the Temple Courtyard. Jews have been visiting the Wailing Wall for over 300 years to pray, to meditate, to morn, and to place their written prayers on slips of paper into the cracks and crevasses of the wall.  In the Chapel we have placed our own version of a Wailing Wall.  Built and used by New Hope Community during Advent, their prayers have now become the chain that hangs on the wall. You are encouraged today and throughout Lent to write or draw your prayers and tuck them into a spot on the wall. For Easter Vigil we will offer up all the prayers of both communities.

Resources for Lenten Study

English: Lenten Cloth in the Museum Gherdëina ...

English: Lenten Cloth in the Museum Gherdëina Deutsch: Frühbarockes Fastentuch aus des St. Jakob Kirche in St. Ulrich in Gröden aufbewahrt im Museum Gröden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are like me, study is important part of the observation of Lent.  You are encouraged to join us at St Paul on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm.  We are studying prayer and art. AND NO ARTISTIC TALENT IS REQUIRED!

If you cannot make Wednesday night or want some additional study you might want to consider one of more of these options.  New Hope Community has invited St Paul to join in a Monday night Bible Study at the Mid-town Scholar Bookstore on “The Bible Jesus Read”.  Meeting at 6:30pm the group is led by Pastor Tom Longenecker in an informal format with lattes, handouts and lots of time for questions.

The Diocese has a Lenten Blog which you can access here http://alpha.diocesecpa.org/blog/wordpress/?cat=3

You can participate in a Diocesan-Wide on-line Lenten Study based on the book Calling: Song for the Baptized by Caroline Westerhoff and moderated by Diocesan Webmaster Lesley Carter. You can get more information and sign-up here http://www.diocesecpa.org/dfc/newsdetail_2/3157446

And, as I mentioned before – For those who like to cook, you may be interested in this Lenten Study that Church Health Reader has posted on-line. Entitled “Seasoning Lent: 40 Days of Recipes and Reflections” and written by Stacy Smith, it consists of a weekly reflection and a simple nutritional recipe for each day of the week.  It is also available as a paperback and can be ordered through Church Health Reader.  You can find the find it on-line or order the hard-copy version at Church Health Reader here: http://chreader.org/contentPage.aspx?resource_id=667.