Prayers of the People by Lanni Shupe
October 27, 2019
God of My Patchwork Prayer
A hasty glance reveals a candle
Wax and wick alone
Solitary, silent, humble to my eye
Partnered with the flame of justice
Infused with the blaze of truth
Its’ loving circle widens
And cauterizes wounds
It is worship’s guiding centre, this diamond flash of sun
It emerges out of wilderness
Collects us as we are
Re-purposes our fractured hearts
Intersects the road to God
Jesus of the promised light
Perhaps you watch the rhythms of this wildly costumed carousel,
As it spins with precision on its’ neatly plotted course.
You see the riders changing horses
Stepping off and stepping on.
Mid-sequence in the Master Plan,
We know little of its origin and nothing of its end
But if it be your will, dear God,
Bless this circle’s turning
Bless the riders, once again.
God of all Languages
Our vocabulary cannot adequately describe the helplessness we feel as we watch the images of despair on the faces of the Kurdish people. Once again, they have behaved with honour and their reward is to be driven out of Syria and without a homeland.
We offer a prayer of comfort for the families of the 39 souls found in a truck container in the United Kingdom. We pray for justice for these victims of human trafficking.
We pray for peace in all of the anti-government protests in:
Our prayers extend to those whose homes are threatened by or lost to wildfire in California, and we give thanks for the ones who fight those fires.
At home, we pray for groundwork to be done to unite this country.
In the World Prayer Cycle, we pray for the people of Canada and the United States of America.
We give thanks for:
Those who first inhabited these lands-first Nations and Native Americans
Vast resources and varied landscapes
For churches and other organizations who advocate for justice; for those who provide for new immigrants and refugees, as well as for the poor and the vulnerable.
We pray for:
The long-term struggles of the indigenous peoples; for their rights; for ongoing healing and reconciliation.
Churches, for their daily challenges to survive and grow in faith.
For government leaders at all levels, that they would advance justice, human rights and peace within these countries and in the world.
In the Pacific Mountain Region, we pray for our sister church, Kamloops United, for Reverend Cavenay and for the staff and congregation.
Somewhere near us, one of Your children is hungry; alone; lives with mental health challenges; is out of work; can’t see beauty; walks in the dark; has lost a loved one; fears the future, or rages out loud. Help us to find them, and to try to make one small difference in their lives.
Somewhere even closer, there are souls we know to be in need of Your grace. We name them……………………………………………
God of Maybe,
I will hear you
From a mountain
In a cloudbank
In the silence
I will hear you
In the distance
In my heartbeat
In my longing
In my soul.
And possibly today
I will not be afraid.
In the name of the Holy One, who taught us this prayer……….
ls October 2019