Lowell Grisham Prayers of the People

Prayers of the People

The Rev. Lowell Grisham
Rector, St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Epiphany 4; Year B

Presider:  Almighty God, in Jesus you have freed us for love and rebuked everything that may threaten us:  Let the teaching of your Good News be spread abroad with such authority, that all creation may be reconciled, as we pray:  Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart; the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

Litanist:  Raise up for your Church prophets like Moses who will speak everything you command, O Holy One, that we may heed your teaching and be an example of goodness for our neighbors.  Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart;
the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

Almighty One, rescue the leaders of our nation and all in authority from the knowledge that puffs up and fill them with your love which builds up, that they may accomplish your works with faithfulness and justice.  Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart;
the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

Compassionate One, uphold the weak throughout the earth and free the consciences of all people through your love.   Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart;
the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

Gracious One, rebuke in us whatever spirit is unclean, that we may so live and teach your gospel of love that your fame may spread throughout our surrounding region.  Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart;
the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

Receive our prayers which we offer for all who need you, especially ___. 
Hear our gratefulness for all goodness and joy, especially for ___. 
Bring into the fullness of your life those who have died, especially ___. 
Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart;
the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

Presider:  We offer our prayers to God the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and our Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist, in the power of the Holy Spirit, who lives and reigns in us forever.  Amen.