Prayers Of the People

Prayers of the People

Ascension Sunday

May 28, 2017

 

On this day as we recall the Ascension of Christ, let us pray with amazement, wonder, awe and astonishment.  Joining Christ who intercedes for the entire world before God, let us offer our prayers to God saying:

O God of wonder, hear our prayer.

 

O God, we stand amazed; for Christ ascended from the earth in order to be everywhere at once. We are in awe, for in leaving, Jesus has not left us alone. We thank you, O God, for the life of your Son. Turn our eyes to continually see and to gaze with wonder at your miraculous ways.

O God of wonder, hear our prayer.

 

Turn the eyes of ordinary people, young and old, poor and rich, to see signs of Jesus. Show us everywhere the signs of Jesus, who is raised up and giving freedom and working power and justice. Today we remember Jerusalem Sunday, established through General Synod, celebrating the close partnership in mission between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, encompassing parishes in Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.

O God of wonder, hear our prayer.

 

Turn the eyes of your church to see the poor places in which Christ now dwells. Help us to see the body of Christ, wounded, and yet bright with the light of the Spirit. Today we pray for, Geoffrey our Bishop, for the parishes of Greenspond/Newtown/ Pound Cove and Harbour Breton, for the Anglican Centre in Rome, and for clergy who are moving into new ministries, and for those who have retired.

O God of wonder, hear our prayer.

 

Turn the eyes of the leaders of nations to envision a new world in which peace and harmony reign. Touch the hearts of terrorists so that they may recognise the evil of their actions and may turn to the way of peace and goodness, of respect for life, and for the dignity of every human being, regardless of religion, origin, wealth or poverty. Turn the eyes of all in power to see the oppressed and the needy. For all who live by your inner sight, we give thanks. For more such people to lead the peoples, we pray.

O God of wonder, hear our prayer.

 

Turn the eyes of all gathered here beyond this place.  Help us to look toward our glorified Lord, and then to look back anew. We pray for those in our congregation who are sick remembering especially, for Ann, Barbara, Bernice, Brenda, Clarence, Christina, Darryl, Denika, Dennis, Dorothy, Dulcie, Fred, Gord, Grace, Harold, Herb, Hilda, Jennifer, Jessie, Jill, Jody, Josephine, Junior, Kevin,  Lester, Lori, Marina, Mark, Maxwell, Melissa, Melvin, Michael, Mona, Murray, Nancy, Oliver, Pam, Roland, Ruth, Shirley, Stan, Stephen, Todd, and Terry.  

O God of wonder, hear our prayer.

 

Today we remember all those who have died.  We pray for those who grieve, and we pray for all funeral home staff who provide compassion and care to the deceased and their families.

O God of wonder, hear our prayer.

 

Pray together:

O God, keep us in the spirit of amazement. Keep us believing when we cannot see; keep us hoping while we wait; keep us looking for your presence. Fix our eyes on the glorious one who ascended to intercede, who will come in greatest glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. 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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