Prayers Of the People

Prayers of the People

April 22, 2018

Good Shepherd Sunday

 

Consoled by the knowledge that the Good Shepherd gives his life for us, let us pray for the needs of our community, our church, and our world, saying: Lord have mercy.

 

The earliest Christian community held all things in common, and no one was in need. May we recommit ourselves to hold the goods of this world in common and to work to eliminate hunger and homelessness. For this let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

 

When we share with one another, we make a new world. May we build a new community on earth which knows God as home. We pray for Geoffrey our Bishop, for the parishes of Forteau, Fortune-Lamaline, for our sister parish The Good Shepherd, and for the Anglican Communion in Japan. For this let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

 

Following the example of the shepherd who searched for the lost sheep, let us seek out the lost in our community and welcome them in our midst. For this let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

 

Conscious of the Good Shepherd’s voice, may we speak God’s words of reconciliation and peace to all we meet, and may all in governmental authority receive the joyful message of peace. For this let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

 

 We are called to give up our lives for others. Let us praise God for all in serving professions who work for low pay for the welfare of others. May we give our lives for those in our care. We remember those on the Ascension Prayer Cycle and for all who struggle in body, mind and spirit. For this let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

 

For all who have died and all who grieve, that in the Good Shepherd who triumphs over death may they find light perpetual and blessed assurance. For this let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

 

God, in you we live and move and have our being. You seek us before we know your name, and you give us joy in your life. Accept our prayer of joy in being found and forgiven and loved by you, for we pray in the name of Christ your Son and in the joy of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

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OPENING RESPONSES

 

This is the Good News –

The grave is empty,

Christ is risen.

HALLELUJAH!

 

This is the Good News –

The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness can never put it out.

HALLELUJAH!

 

This is the Good News –

Once we were not people,

now we are God’s people.

HALLELUJAH!


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