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Prayer: A conversation with The Higher Other who lives within each of us. An invitation to vent, to re-think, to ask, and to rest.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Prayers of the People: Yoke of Ages, 4th Sunday after Pentecost

for Sunday, July 6, 2014, Readings: Gen 24: 34-38; Ps 45: 10-17; Romans 7:15-25a; Mt 11:16-19, 25-30

    I thank you, [God], Lord of heaven and Earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants.  - Matthew 11:25

Yoke: the bar that is used as a frame to pull or support something heavy.[yourdictionary.com]

        We are never without our yoke - we are either carrying heavy loads for ourselves, or joined to another to share all that life brings, or with others to pull for some purpose or cause. If we were not yoked from birth to those who raised us we would simply have died. Even in our darkest most alone moments, we are lifting and dragging a weighty burden, and our happiest moments are linked with those we love.
         We knew God from birth but as we grew older, wiser, and more intelligent, we lost what we knew and the stress and strain of life became harder. Jesus invites us to be yoked with him and with each other to bear a good and lighter burden, and, to know God again. This is a yoke of choice, a yoke of freedom, a yoke for all time and, all ages.
 
LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY

Leader:  ~ Most Holy Jesus, we come to You as You called us, to seek the knowledge of our God that only You can reveal. Let us learn our way of life from You, and be united with each other in Your love.

                              Holy Jesus, we welcome Your yoke and Your burden
RESPONSE:   We rest our weary souls in Your gentle and humble heart

~ Most Holy Jesus, enlighten and burden all political leaders of our world, our nation, and our community, with a great desire to do the good they are capable of doing and to avoid the evil that is sometimes more tempting to do. Grant them the vision to see into the eyes and hearts of those for whom they legislate, and be able to see themselves and those they love.  We pray especially for: add your own petitions

                        Holy Jesus, we welcome Your yoke and Your burden
                        We rest our weary souls in Your gentle and humble heart

~ Most Holy Jesus, soothe the pain and suffering of those depleted by disease, injury, or depression, and comfort those who give them care.  We pray especially for: add your own petitions 

                        Holy Jesus, we welcome Your yoke and Your burden
                        We rest our weary souls in Your gentle and humble heart

~ Most Holy Jesus, please ease the arduous path of grief for those who mourn, and help us all, as we reluctantly yield those we have loved, to the gracious and glorious reception into Your eternal life. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

                        Holy Jesus, we welcome Your yoke and Your burden
                        We rest our weary souls in Your gentle and humble heart

~ Most Holy Jesus, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt intentions and petitions, silently or aloud…………..

                        Holy Jesus, we welcome Your yoke and Your burden
                        We rest our weary souls in Your gentle and humble heart

~ Most Holy Jesus, for those who wear the visible sign of Your yoke, we ask a revival of spirit and restoration of joy in their daily work and life. Let us be mutual companions on this journey of our souls, caring and carrying in turn.  We pray especially for: add your own petitions

                        Holy Jesus, we welcome Your yoke and Your burden
                        We rest our weary souls in Your gentle and humble heart

The Celebrant adds: O God of our spirit and our humanity, help us to come as children to listen and learn, to hear and grow. Grant us the revelation of Your wisdom, true delight in Your law, and let us be held captive only by Your love and grace. We ask this through our Most Holy Jesus and Your Glorious Holy Spirit, who live and reign with You, as One God throughout all eternity and beyond. Amen.




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