This Sunday I’m covering the last part of the service, so an Offertory Prayer and a Prayers of the People
You provide for our every need
with abundant grace,
and guide us onto new paths
that allow for talent and gift
In all we give
from our lives work
and from times of rest,
we offer our praise of You
that others may encounter
Your presence in all life.
Prayers of the People
God of the outcast and the stranger,
God of the woman and the child,
God of the saint and the sinner,
Lord of all people,
we worship You with our lives.
Encouraging us with Your word,
and guiding us with Your Holy Spirit,
You lead us to lives
led with integrity
so that Your kingdom may be shown
through our thanksgiving and praise,
our worship and our work.
On this day
of remembering call,
and focussing on holiness,
we pray for the work of Your church.
We remember that the saints of God,
as those who show His love and grace
in their daily activity,
and we thank You for the breadth
of churches and people
that makes this possible.
We remember big churches and little churches.
We remember those for whom
finding the money to survive
is a struggle,
and those for whom
finding the people to play their part
is a burden.
We pray for church communities
finding new ways to be the church
through local projects
that reach out to asylum seekers,
or offer opportunities of employment,
or youth initiatives.
In this week where
the Church of Scotland celebrates
the work of Crossreach,
we pray for those involved in social outreach and support.
We remember those
who live within care homes,
and those who work there.
We remember the variety
of the projects of Crossreach,
as the church reaches out
to children and families and older people,
to the homeless and those with mental health issues,
offers counselling and support,,
and is involved in diverse services
like Criminal Justice and Substance Misuse.
May we celebrate
a church with doors wide open,
and yet continue to seek new ways
in which to engage
with the world beyond our doors.
Remembering that saints
are not always those of political power
or worldly influence,
we pray for those who do hold power and influence
that they may be motivated by a desire to serve people
and value justice, wisdom and compassion.
And we remember the saints of our lives,
those who have influenced us,
or continue to do so.
We thank your for the expressions of faith
that led us to you,
and we ask that we may be show Your light
in the care and compassion we show
to those who are sick or lost or lonely,
and in the wisdom and truth we speak
to those who are seeking
shown in Christ.