Prayers of the People

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The Fourth Sunday in Lent:  Sunday, March 22, 2020

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OPENING PRAYER: 

Artist of souls, you sculpted a people for yourself out of the rocks of wilderness and fasting.

Help us as we take up your invitation to prayer and simplicity, that the discipline of these forty days may sharpen our hunger for the feast of your holy friendship, and whet our thirst for the living water you offer through Jesus Christ.

With confidence and trust let us pray to the Lord, saying, “Lord, have mercy.”

For the one holy catholic and apostolic Church throughout the world, we pray to you, Lord. Lord, have mercy. 

We pray for God’s Church throughout the world and for all God’s family. In the Diocese of Saskatoon:  We pray for Christopher, our Bishop and his wife Tracy and in our diocesan cycle of prayer we pray for the people of Meridian Parish.

In the Anglican Church of Canada, we offer our prayers for our Primate, Linda Nicholls; for Mark McDonald, our National Indigenous Archbishop and for the Self-determining Indigenous Church and the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples.  And we pray this week for the people and clergy of the Diocese of Montreal and their Bishop, Mary Irwin-Gibson

In the Canadian Cathedrals’ Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the congregation of All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral, Edmonton and their Dean, Neil Gordon.

And in the Worldwide Anglican Communion we pray for the people and clergy of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui and their Bishop, Paul Kwong.

For the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness it may preach the gospel to the ends of the earth, we pray to you, Lord. Lord, have mercy. 

We pray at this time of Lenten renewal for those in churches throughout the world who are being prepared to receive the sacrament of new birth at Easter.  We offer our prayers for Luke MacKenzie and all who will be baptized throughout the diocese.

For those preparing baptism and for their teachers and sponsors, we pray to you, Lord. Lord, have mercy. 

We pray for areas of conflict, strife, tension, war, oppression and those who are experiencing terrorism and violence throughout the world.   

For peace in the world, that a spirit of respect and reconciliation may grow among nations and peoples, we pray to you, Lord. Lord, have mercy. 

In our prayers for this parish family of St. John’s Cathedral, we pray for all the staff, clergy and officers of the Cathedral and all who offer their ministries of care, love and service to this community, praying this week, for the work and ministry of our the Director, Assistant and Board of the Columbarium.  We remember in particular this week our parishioners: Doris Campbell; Anne Brown; Anne Bocking; and we continue our prayers for those in our parish who are housebound:  Iris Basrab, Viola Ursel, Noel Kail, Shirley Pridmore.  

Compassionate God, we pray for all who suffer in body, mind or spirit. Let us pray for those known to us who have requested our prayers:  

Howard Green            Norm McInnis                         Tina Colistro                            Kerry Owens    
Carol Richkun             Lado Kenyi                              Sandra Urquhart                     Betty Owens 
Hannah Balboa            Brosi Nutting                          David and Lynette Wright       The Dreaver family 
Mary Ann Assailly       Rob Monsees                          Jessica Latshaw

I invite your prayers for any others you may wish to name now, either aloud or in the silence of your heart…  (pausefor silence…………….) Holy and Healing God, strengthen and comfort your people.  

We especially pray at this time for the world as governments and health care professionals respond with wisdom, right action, care and compassion to counter the risk of infection and work toward containment of the COVID-19 Corona virus.  O God you are our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in time of trouble. Source of healing, may you cast the light of health and well-being on those who have tested positive for COVID-19.  Bless them, protect them and bring them to the fullness of health.  Bless all who are ill with healing of body, healing of soul, and healing of spirit. God of the present moment, God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart; bring hope and courage to all who wait or work in uncertainty. Bring them courage to endure.  For your will is health and wholeness; you are God, and we need you. 

For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners, and all in danger; that they may be relieved and protected, we pray to you, Lord.   Lord, have mercy.  

For all those who have died in the peace of Christ and all who have returned home to the Heart of God – praying especially for your beloved child, Vincent Colistro.  We give thanks for his life in this world and the way we have all been blessed by the goodness of this, your faithful servant.  We offer our prayerful support to Tina and all the Colistro family in their time of loss and grief.  

Rest eternal, grant unto them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them. May they rest in peace and rise in glory.  Lord have mercy.

In this penitential season we remember the times we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves and the times when judgement of others has led to unkind actions and not enabled us to see the face of Christ in others.      For all whom we have injured or offended, we pray to you, Lord.     Lord, have mercy. 

For grace to amend our lives and to further the reign of God, we pray to you, Lord. Lord, have mercy.

CLOSING PRAYER: 

Discerner of hearts, you look beneath our outward appearance and see your image in each of us.

Banish in us the blindness that prevents us from recognizing truth, so we may see the world through your eyes

and with the compassion of Jesus Christ who redeems us. Amen.

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