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Prayers of The People
March 10, 1998

Gracious God - Renew a right spirit within us. Fit us for living well the life that is before us. Provide in us the kind of courage that is adequate for the times our idealized high minded vision wades into reality in all its brokenness now.

Whether

it has to do with our relationship with our loved ones. When the opinionated are many who know just what we should have done while we don't. Whether it has to do with our vocations where the acceleration of economic and social change confounds the fulfilling of it. Whether it has to do with our neighbourliness where the neighborhood we know is vanishing.
Our courage to be fails us. We take refuge in withdrawal and complaint. How will we know the blessed words. Perfect love casts out fear. The courage we seek is your knowledge surpassing love of the world. With that in our hearts we can do anything. We can bear anything. With that love in our hearts people would be glad to have us around.

God In Your Mercy...Hear Our Prayer

Almighty God - Father and Mother of All. Hear our prayers for the Church. We remember the Church in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. We name these because of a World Council of Churches programme to help us remember the Church throughout the world. And we remember the world because You said You created your people not to serve themselves but to bless the world. Our prayers for the church is a prayer for the world.

Holy God - pour out your Holy Spirit on the Church so that it will recognize your Glory in the crucified one, so that it will not use its piety to escape your glory. So that it never ceases to attack the gates of hell. Pour out your Holy Spirit on the church so that it becomes a high and lifted up witness to your love of sinners and lest it so neglect its power of the keys that some are excluded from the kingdom. God. we ask this of us, not them, as though the church was someone else.

God In Your Mercy...Hear our Prayer

Gracious God - we remember one another. May each one here know his and her crys lifted up. May each one here know himself/herself known so that there be not one isolated suffered in our midst. May each one know himself/herself received. Let not our hearts be closed to those with whom we are in contention.

Hear our prayers for the members of our company when we cannot seem to help, because they're so ill or so troubled. For the bearing of one another grant us all hearts of flesh and save us from choosing again to have hearts of stone.

God In Your Mercy...Hear Our Prayer

This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ. And now as our Saviour has taught us we pray.