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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Prayers of the People, Our Common Humanity, Season of Creation III

for Sunday, October 25, 2015, Third Sunday in the Season of Creation, Readings: Isaiah 42:5-9, Psalm 133, Deuteronomy 30, Mark 10:46-52


        Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: I am the LORD...   [Isaiah 42: 5-6a]

        Oh how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity! [Ps 133:1]

        For the Lord your God will restore Your fortunes, bring you back in love... bring you together again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you. Even if your outcasts are at the ends of the world, from there the Lord your God will gather you...For the Lord again will delight in your well-being...since you will be heeding the Lord your God and keeping his commandments...once you return to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul. [Deuteronomy 30:3-4, 9b-10]

         Jesus said to him, "Go; your faith has made you well." Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way. [Mark 10:52]

        We are truly all in "this" together ~ this life, this planet. And God makes it very clear in talking to the Servant in Isaiah, that it is God who put us here, gave us breath and spirit. The Servant is to be a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring prisoners from the dungeon. Too many times, we look at "others" as different than ourselves in skin color, nationality, religion, political views and reject those who aren't one of us. Then suddenly "they" become one of them, not to be trusted or valued as the full human person God created like ourselves and in God's own image. We are to care for each other with love as God has commanded and in so doing we show the depth (or shallowness) of our love for God. To prosper only ourselves and us may carry us in this time but we are called to open the eyes that are blind and, if we are only interested in distancing ourselves from them, we are the ones who are blind. Let us open our own eyes, follow God's commandments with love and we'll have our spiritual sight restored. As Jesus tells us, our faith will make us well.


LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY

Leader:  ~ Eternal Creator, Master of the Universe, we are each in our many shapes, sizes, colors, and ages, only one tiny reflection of the human family to which you have given breath and spirit. Gather us from the ends of the earth to seek You in all others, and live together in peace and unity.

O Lord our God
RESPONSE:  Let us heed Your call and thrive in Your love

~ Eternal Creator, Master of the Universe, strengthen us with courage to call to account the leaders in this World, our Country, and our Community, that their actions will spur life and prosperity for all Your people and end human causes of death and adversity. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

O Lord our God
Let us heed Your call and thrive in Your love

~ Eternal Creator, Master of the Universe, shed Your healing light upon those who are weakened by serious illness or despair, and fortify all who give them help. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

O Lord our God
Let us heed Your call and thrive in Your love

~ Eternal Creator, Master of the Universe, lift the sorrow of all who grieve as we commend our loved ones to You for the blessing and promise of new life for evermore. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

O Lord our God
Let us heed Your call and thrive in Your love

~ Eternal Creator, Master of the Universe, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt intentions and petitions, silently or aloud…add your own petitions

O Lord our God
Let us heed Your call and thrive in Your love

~ Eternal Creator, Master of the Universe, take the hands and guide the souls of those entrusted with our spiritual care, that they and we may be faithful in heart and attain salvation together. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

O Lord our God
Let us heed Your call and thrive in Your love


The Celebrant adds:  Lord God of Righteousness and Grace, help us to regain our spiritual sight by returning to love and serve You with our whole hearts, minds, and souls. We ask through Jesus, our Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit, our Sanctifier, who with You are our One God, now and forevermore. Amen.



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