Prayers for January 14, 2018

Introduction

What does it mean to be called, and how should we respond? Today we hear two powerful stories about God’s call and those who heard it. In both stories, the call comes without warning, offers no explanation, and requires openness and risk from the ones called. It is safe to assume that we, too, will be called over and over again. When, where, how and why remain unknown. But we can also assume that God is behind it. The rest is up to us.

Penitential Act

  • Lord Jesus, you issued a call to Andrew and Simon Peter: Lord, have mercy.
  • Christ Jesus, you invited them to come and follow you: Christ, have mercy.
  • Lord Jesus, you call us, too, and challenge us to respond: Lord, have mercy.

Scripture Readings

  • 1 Sam 3:3b-10, 19 Samuel responds to God’s call
  • Ps 40 Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will
  • 1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20 “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit”
  • Jn 1:35-42 Jesus calls the first disciples

Prayer of the Faithful

Presider Let us pray, my friends, for all who are called by God to something greater.

Minister For the whole church: that we may be a community always open to God’s call and willing to respond wholeheartedly ... we pray,

  • For those whose lives are too chaotic to hear God’s call, especially those suffering from illness, violence, loss or depression ... we pray,
  • For those who do not believe God calls them because they feel unworthy, unprepared or too ordinary ... we pray,
  • For those unable to discern God’s will for them, that we may provide assurance, clarity, companionship or a willing shoulder or ear ... we pray,
  • Make us people who live and promote the value of unity not only among Christian religions but among all those of faith, and let us live this value for more than just one week of the year ... we pray,
  • For this community called by Christ to follow him and to serve one another; and for those among and beyond us needing to be served, loved and cared for ... we pray,

Presider Gracious God, open our ears and hearts to your voice. Give us the sensitivity to hear you, especially when you speak to us through people and circumstances we do not wish to hear. Make us worthy instruments of discernment for those who struggle to interpret your call. Together, may we respond with one voice, saying, “Speak, your servant is listening.” We ask this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.