Prayers of the people
Oh God we look to the mountains for You, our guardian, surrounding us in love displayed in the vastness of the universe, the hills and the earth of the First peoples beneath our feet. Love shown through Jesus the one who is so close to you, he was as a son and he took the harder less trodden path and was born again for us.
We come to pray for this world, our community and church, in the hope that we can all be born again. It can seem some so unlikely. The hardest path…
We see the new vista the possibility but it is so hard, so hard. Like Nicodemus, we know we need to change, to be born anew in our priorities, our judgments, going beyond an ego response. The world needs to change, we need to be the change to the world and the community. Guardian of love be with us as we submit to be born again, to deliberately let go and give over to you to be transformed and thus transform our world and community.
We pray for our leaders & potential leaders in powerful countries deciding who will lead them in the future. We pray that the world can offer, through being born again, your healing and guidance, working together, making intelligent decisions about our health to curb the spread of illness. We pray for all women in this world their continued strength and courage, and for all men to be born again to truly love woman as you loved them Jesus and take responsibility for their unloving actions towards women & children.
We all need to be born again, reminded of our humanity, the need for each other, our vulnerability and the call to your Guardianship, your help. May the community know love, consideration for our wider family, not panic & fear arising from vulnerability & feeling out of control and be reminded that The ONE will guard you from all harm; will guard your life.
May the world be reborn, community be reborn, our church be reborn. May the church be the midwife as women have always and will be, bringing in new life. Help us to look at our own lives from the smallest thing, showing less judgement, greater love for ourselves and each other, the environment, the world. Help us God to be willing to be born again, as Jesus was, to take that final step, like Nicodemus to model new possibilities, to show that we know that you are an ever-present guard & guide in our troubles. Guide us to the harder path, the lesser trodden path, open to deepening & being reborn. That we can be reborn every day of our lives. Oh God, our Divine Love, love our world, bring healing wisdom and courage to forge new paths. Help us through your strength
In Jesus name we pray…. Amen
Jenne Perlstein, offered for worship 08/03/2020, Lent 2A