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Prayers of the People
October 1,2000

Almighty God, it's time for a word with you. We don't know where to start. We're either speechless or we have so much to say our speech is a crowded jumble.

One psalmist of old began his prayers with "Out of the depths I cry unto you O Lord. Lord hear my voice."

If we weren't so in flight from our depths, we'd know where to start. When we face our depths, we're in place to have a true meeting with you - and our first word with you is to ask for the word FROM you. We need to be addressed. We need our depths addressed by a living word. We need our weariness addressed, our pettiness addressed, our withdrawal from the world' s pain and suffering. Speak your living word -

God, in your mercy...Hear our prayer

Gracious God, we turn our thoughts to the hurting world. The forgotten warfare and mortal conflicts that victimize countless people. Especially the old, old ones with bottomless historic roots. Dear God, even as we name them we demonstrate our forgetfulness by leaving them out.

Zambia
East Timor
India and Pakistan
The place, in terrible irony, we call the Holy Land
Kosovo
Ireland
Mongolia
Yugoslavia
We pray, O God, for the forgotten labourers in your kingdom in all corners of the world, who labour on where the glare of world attention has gone out, where faithfulness is called for even while all available solutions are problematical..

We pray for all those struggling with the crucial issues of our time.

The third world debt load
The arms race that keeps finding justification
The residential school question
Canada's fisheries' policy regarding aboriginal peoples.
Our human stewardship of the earth's resources
Ways of holding a global economy accountable for human well being

Raise up, O God, servants with the courage to suffer theses questions, to labour ceaselessly under the right burden even when there is no blameless decision to make.

God, in your mercy...Hear our prayer

Loving God, we turn our thoughts to the Church.

We give you thanks for what your living word has already wrought in our midst.
The blessed community of GRUB DAY as we joined the work of our hands to freshen the appearance of your house. We give thanks for the word that came to us as we shared with one another the vision we each have for where you are calling us. We thank you for the ministry you move individuals to have with each other as dark and stressful events invade their lives. Dear God, have mercy upon us when we fail each other, and where sin abounds, may grace much more abound. You who have begun a good work in us, depart not from us until we are without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.

God, in your mercy...Hear our prayer

Now Lord, we take time, and make space for the individual crys of the people here present to be received and lifted up to you.

Hear these crys
Hear the names named
Remind us of the names we have forgotten.
May this house be filled with a great surge of caring that reaches up to you and to each one here.

God, in your mercy...Hear our prayer