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Inspired with the Hope that calls us to reform and transform we pray for the world, the church and all those in need...  God of mercy, throughout history your goodness prevails, open the hearts of all people to discover the deep bond of community. Show us your goodness and mercy that endure forever.  Hear our prayer!

One Spirit: an invocation 

We gather in the name of the Triune God +, who creates, redeems and sustains the Earth. 

 

One Hope: Song

Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength   (Uganda) 

 

Prayer

Steadfast God,  

As we meditate on your life-giving Word, help us to find hope in your teaching, delight in your commands, courage in your Truth, and liberty in your Way. Amen. 

Scripture

The Holy Gospel according to Matthew 19:16-22

Many: Glory to you, Lord.

 

Then someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to him, “I have kept all these; what do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions. 

The Gospel of the Lord.

Many: Praise to you, Christ.

 

Time for silent reflections

 

Intercessory prayers 

Inspired with the Hope that calls us to reform and transform we pray for the world, the church and all those in need... 

God of mercy, throughout history your goodness prevails, open the hearts of all people to discover the deep bond of community. Show us your goodness and mercy that endure forever. 

Hear our prayer! 

God of peace, bend that which is inflexible, the identity barriers that divide, the attachments that thwart reconciliation. Bring peace in this world, especially for Canada and the United States of America, with whom we pray this week in the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle. Restore wholeness among us and show us your mercy! 

Hear our prayer! 

God, our healer, come to our aid as COVID-19 continues to spread, heal those who are sick, protect families and friends from being infected. Support those in public health and medical services. Strengthen our resolve to eradicate all diseases, malaria, dengue, HIV & AIDS, and many others. Show us your mercy! 

Hear our prayer! 

God of justice, hasten justice for those suffering under the power of evil and every form of oppression and greed. Give new life to all. Show us your mercy! 

Hear our prayer! 

God, rock and fortress, protect refugees, those without homes or security, all the abandoned children. Help us always to defend human rights and dignity. Show us your mercy! 

Hear our prayer! 

God creator, all creation groans in expectation, convert us from exploitation. Teach us to live in harmony with your creation. Show us your mercy! 

Hear our prayer! 

God of mercy, strengthen and protect those who are persecuted for faith in you and those of other faiths who suffer persecution. Give us the courage to profess our faith. Your mercy endures forever. 

Hear our prayer! 

God of life, heal painful memories, transform complacency and indifference, inspire and sustain our ecumenical journey from conflict to communion, all of us branches on the one vine, Jesus Christ. Show us your mercy! 

Hear our prayer! 

Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom pray, trusting in your mercy, through Jesus Christ.  

Amen. 

 

Lord’s Prayer 

 

 Benediction 

May the love of God, 

the faith of Christ,  

and the hope of the Holy Spirit,  

guide us in peace. 

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. And let us share a sign of peace with one another.