Lowell Grisham Prayers of the People

Prayers of the People

Proper 7, Year B – Thematic Track 2 (Job 38 & Psalm 107)

(Scroll down for Proper 8 & Proper 9)

Presider:  Your powerful presence comforts us, O God, for when we are threatened by chaos and storm, Christ is our peace:  Hear us as we call to you, and answer our prayers as we say:  We give you thanks, O God, for you are good; your mercy endures for ever.

Litanist:  Loving God, your Church works together with Christ to accept your grace for all people:  Fill us with purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and your Godly power, that there may be no fault found with our ministry.  We give you thanks, O God, for you are good;
your mercy endures for ever.

Almighty One, you are known by your acts of justice:  Let your goodness be sustained by all who hold authority in the nations, that whenever your children cry to you in their trouble, they will be delivered from their distress.  We give you thanks, O God, for you are good;
your mercy endures for ever.

Your peace dwells continually at the center of our being, O Gracious One:  Give peace to all whose lives are swamped by waves and winds; make them glad because of the calm, and bring them to the harbor they are bound for.  We give you thanks, O God, for you are good;
your mercy endures for ever.

Help us to commend ourselves in this community with hearts wide open to our neighbors for your Name’s sake.  We give you thanks, O God, for you are good;
your mercy endures for ever.

Compassionate God, at an acceptable time you have listened to us – now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation: 
Hear our prayers for those for whom we intercede, especially ___.
We tell of all your praises and rejoice in your salvation as we bring our prayers of gratitude and thanksgiving, especially for ___.
Bring into your eternal peace those who have died, especially ___.
We give you thanks, O God, for you are good;
your mercy endures for ever.

Presider:  Gracious and Loving Father, be known to your people in the storms and anxieties of our lives so that we may hear the call of our ever present Savior saying “Peace!  Be still!”, through the power of the Holy Spirit, for you live and reign, One God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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Proper 7, Year B – Sequential Track 1 (1 Sam. 17 & Psalm 9)

Presider:  Your powerful presence comforts us, O God, for when we are threatened by chaos and storm, Christ is our peace:  Hear us as we call to you, and answer our prayers as we say:  You are a refuge in time of trouble; you never forsake those who seek you, O God.

Litanist:  Loving God, your Church works together with Christ to accept your grace for all people:  Fill us with purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and your Godly power, that there may be no fault found with our ministry.  You are a refuge in time of trouble;
you never forsake those who seek you, O God.

Almighty One, you are known by your acts of justice:  Let your goodness be sustained by all who hold authority in the nations, and let not the ungodly have the upper hand; for the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.  You are a refuge in time of trouble;
you never forsake those who seek you, O God.

Your peace dwells continually at the center of our being, O Gracious One:  Give peace to all whose lives are swamped by waves and winds, and defend those who face giant threats, that they may know the comfort of your presence and face their troubles with David’s courage.  You are a refuge in time of trouble;
you never forsake those who seek you, O God.

Help us to commend ourselves in this community with hearts wide open to our neighbors for your Name’s sake.  You are a refuge in time of trouble;
you never forsake those who seek you, O God.

Compassionate God, at an acceptable time you have listened to us – now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation: 
Hear our prayers for those for whom we intercede, especially ___.
We tell of all your praises and rejoice in your salvation as we bring our prayers of gratitude and thanksgiving, especially for ___.
Bring into your eternal peace those who have died, especially ___.
You are a refuge in time of trouble;
you never forsake those who seek you, O God.

Presider:  Gracious and Loving Father, be known to your people in the storms and anxieties of our lives so that we may hear the call of our ever present Savior saying “Peace!  Be still!”, through the power of the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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Proper 8, Year B, Track 1 (2 Samuel & Psalm 130)

Presider:  Your healing touch, O Christ, reaches into our suffering and our fear, raising us to new life and wholeness:  Empower our hearts with your generosity, that we may reach out also in concern for others, as we pray:  We wait for you, O God; for with you there is mercy.

Litanist:  Bless your Church with your gracious Spirit, O Holy One, that your people may excel in everything -- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in love, but especially that we may excel in generosity.  We wait for you, O God;
for with you there is mercy.

Fill our nation and its leaders with the spirit of freedom, that we may live into the ideals of liberty and justice for all and may extend the benefits of self-determination and peace throughout the world.  We wait for you, O God;
for with you there is mercy.

Let your healing and protection be powerfully present with all who are vulnerable throughout the world, especially women and children, that they may have the love and security that all people deserve.  We wait for you, O God;
for with you there is mercy.

Extend prosperity and equity to all people, and open our hearts with your generosity:  Let those who experience abundance share with those who experience need, so that the one who has much does not have too much, and the one who has little does not have too little.  We wait for you, O God;
for with you there is mercy.

Be near to those who suffer with chronic pain or illness and with women who wish to bear children:  Let your healing presence raise up those for whom we pray, especially ___. 
Our hearts wait for you with thankful hope as we offer our words of gratitude and praise, especially for ___. 
Out of the depths we call to you to comfort those who grieve and to give your resurrection life to all who have died, especially ___.  We wait for you, O God;
for with you there is mercy.

Presider:  Out of your eternal abundance, O God, you gave to us your Son Jesus Christ, who though he was rich, yet for our sakes became poor, that by his poverty we might become rich:  Let all who draw near to you be healed and empowered to serve your generous intentions for all your creation, in the power of your Spirit that dwells among us, through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

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Proper 8; Year B
Track 2 Thematic (Wisdom & Lamentations or Psalm 30 – I used Psalm 30)

Presider:  Your healing touch, O Christ, reaches into our suffering and our fear, raising us to new life and wholeness:  Empower our hearts with your generosity, that we may reach out also in concern for others, as we pray:  Hear and have mercy upon us; O God, be our helper. 

Litanist:  Bless your Church with your gracious Spirit, O Holy One, that your people may excel in everything -- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in love, but especially that we may excel in generosity.  Hear and have mercy upon us;
O God, be our helper.

Fill our nation and its leaders with the spirit of freedom, that we may live into the ideals of liberty and justice for all and may extend the benefits of self-determination and peace throughout the world.  Hear and have mercy upon us;
O God, be our helper.

Let your healing and protection be powerfully present with all who are vulnerable throughout the world, especially women and children, that they may have the love and security that all people deserve.  Hear and have mercy upon us;
O God, be our helper.

Extend prosperity and equity to all people, and open our hearts with your generosity: Let those who experience abundance share with those who experience need, so that the one who has much does not have too much, and the one who has little does not have too little.  Hear and have mercy upon us;
O God, be our helper.

Be near to those who suffer with chronic pain or illness and with women who wish to bear children:  Let your healing presence raise up those for whom we pray, especially ___. 
Our hearts wait for you with thankful hope as we offer our words of gratitude and praise, especially for ___. 
Out of the depths we call to you to comfort those who grieve and to give your resurrection life to all who have died, especially ___.  Hear and have mercy upon us;
O God, be our helper.

Presider:  Out of your eternal abundance, O God, you gave to us your Son Jesus Christ, who though he was rich, yet for our sakes became poor, that by his poverty we might become rich:  Let all who draw near to you be healed and empowered to serve your generous intentions for all your creation, in the power of your Spirit that dwells among us, through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

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Proper 9, Year B, Track 1 – (2 Samuel 5:1-5,9-10 & Psalm 48; Mark 6:1-13)

Presider:  Ever present God, you come to us through the teaching of your Son Jesus Christ, risen and manifest in every place and time:  Grant that our eyes and ears may be open to his wisdom and his healing, that we may be sent forth in his name to do the work that he calls us to, as we pray:  To you we lift up our eyes, for your power is made perfect in our weakness.

Litanist:  Gracious God, you have given authority to your Church over many things that threaten your creation:  Grant us the grace of your Spirit, that we may teach with Christ's wisdom and perform his deeds of power for the healing of the world.  To you we lift up our eyes,
for your power is made perfect in our weakness.

Let our nation hear the words of your prophets to reveal our impudence and stubbornness and to change our hearts:  Give us just and compassionate leaders and protect our bulwarks and strongholds, that we may be a people of hospitality, welcoming your work of reconciliation and obeying your right hand of justice.  To you we lift up our eyes,
for your power is made perfect in our weakness.

Let your compassionate spirit go forth throughout the world to comfort and uphold all who suffer any form of weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities, that they may be upheld by your strength and justice.  To you we lift up our eyes,
for your power is made perfect in our weakness.

Enable this community to see and to hear heavenly things and to treasure the mystery of your revelation so dearly that we may recognize and accept the unexpected gifts offered to us by our neighbors, family and friends.  To you we lift up our eyes,
for your power is made perfect in our weakness.

Strengthen us humbly to persevere through our tribulations, O God, and heal all who need your gift of mercy, especially ___. 
We thank you for your goodness revealed in all the blessings of life, especially for ___.
Receive into Paradise all who have died, especially ___. 
To you we lift up our eyes,
for your power is made perfect in our weakness.

Presider:  Let your infinite grace, O Father, free us from all attachment, cynicism and fear, that we may participate in your universal mission of teaching and healing through the reconciling Spirit of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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Proper 9, Year B, Track 2 (Ezekiel 2:1-5, Psalm 123)

Presider:  Ever present God, you come to us through the teaching of your Son Jesus Christ, risen and manifest in every place and time:  Grant that our eyes and ears may be open to his wisdom and his healing, that we may be sent forth in his name to do the work that he calls us to, as we pray:  To you we lift up our eyes, for your power is made perfect in our weakness.

Litanist:  Gracious God, you have given authority to your Church over many things that threaten your creation:  Grant us the grace of your Spirit, that we may teach with Christ's wisdom and perform his deeds of power for the healing of the world.  To you we lift up our eyes,
for your power is made perfect in our weakness.

Let our nation hear the words of your prophets to reveal our impudence and stubbornness and to change our hearts:  Give us just and compassionate leaders and protect our nation, that we may be a people of hospitality, welcoming your work of reconciliation and obeying your right hand of justice.  To you we lift up our eyes,
for your power is made perfect in our weakness.

Let your compassionate spirit go forth throughout the world to comfort and uphold all who suffer any form of weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities, that they may be upheld by your strength and justice.  To you we lift up our eyes,
for your power is made perfect in our weakness.

Enable this community to see and to hear heavenly things and to treasure the mystery of your revelation so dearly that we may recognize and accept the unexpected gifts offered to us by our neighbors, family and friends.  To you we lift up our eyes,
for your power is made perfect in our weakness.

Strengthen us humbly to persevere through our tribulations, O God, and heal all who need your gift of mercy, especially ___. 
We thank you for your goodness revealed in all the blessings of life, especially for ___.
Receive into Paradise all who have died, especially ___. 
To you we lift up our eyes,
for your power is made perfect in our weakness.

Presider:  Let your infinite grace, O Father, free us from all attachment, cynicism and fear, that we may participate in your universal mission of teaching and healing through the reconciling Spirit of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.