Lowell Grisham Prayers of the People

Prayers of the People

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

Proper 28, Year B: 
Track 1:  Sequential track; 1 Samuel 1:4-20 and the Song of Hannah

Presider:  Holy God, our hearts exult in you as we present ourselves in your Temple to perform our vows and pour out our prayers in earnest supplication:  Hear the petitions of your servants that we may find favor in your sight as we pray:  Our heart exults in you, O God; our triumph song is lifted in you.

Litanist:  You have given your people the confidence to come before you through the new and living way that Jesus Christ has opened for us.  Grant your church grace to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together but encouraging one another in Christ.  My heart exults in you, O God;
my triumph song is lifted in you.

Illumine the minds of the leaders of the world with the wisdom that does not heap up prideful words or speak in arrogance.  Help us to remember that the future is in your hands and hidden from human view, so that we might place our faith less in our clouded understanding than in your divine guidance.  My heart exults in you, O God;
my triumph song is lifted in you.

In this time of wars and rumors of war, earthquake and famine, and of nation rising against nation, we pray for the welfare of the world and for the faith to see that these troubles are but the birthpangs of your coming kingdom of peace.  My heart exults in you, O God;
my triumph song is lifted in you.

Put your laws in the hearts of this community and write them on our minds, that we may approach one another with true hearts in full assurance of faith.  My heart exults in you, O God;
my triumph song is lifted in you.

You raise the poor from the dust and lift the needy from the ash heap:  Hear our prayers for those who call to you, especially ___.
With a glad heart we give thanks for ___. 
We commend to you those who have departed before us, especially ___.  Help us to remember that in your love, all of us, those here and those gone before us, rest in hope.  My heart exults in you, O God;
my triumph song is lifted in you.

Presider:  Holy God, you have inscribed your holy will upon our hearts and minds:  Grant us grace to hold fast to the confession of our hope, without wavering, in the assurance of your faithfulness, through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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Proper 28, Year B: 
Track 2:  Thematic track, Daniel 12:1-3, Psalm 14

Presider:  Holy God, in whom we find our refuge and our hope, hear us as we offer our prayers on behalf of all that is yours, saying:  My heart, therefore, is glad and my spirit rejoices.

Litanist:  You have given your people the confidence to come before you through the new and living way that Jesus Christ has opened for us.  Grant your church the grace to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together but encouraging one another in Christ.  My heart, therefore, is glad
and my spirit rejoices.

Illumine the minds of the leaders of the world with the wisdom that shines like the brightness of the skies.  Help us to remember that the future is in your hands and hidden from human view, that we might place our faith less in our clouded understanding than in your divine guidance.  My heart, therefore, is glad
and my spirit rejoices.

In this time of wars and rumors of war, earthquake and famine, and of nation rising against nation, we pray for the welfare of the world and for the faith to see that these troubles are but the birthpangs of your coming kingdom of peace.  My heart, therefore, is glad
and my spirit rejoices.

Put your laws in the hearts of this community and write them on our minds, that we may approach one another with true hearts in full assurance of faith.  My heart, therefore, is glad
and my spirit rejoices.

Protect all who take refuge in you, O God, remembering especially ___.  Help them and all of us, to find and follow your path of life that leads toward fullness of joy.
With glad hearts we give thanks for ___. 
We commend to you those who have departed before us, especially ___.  Help us to remember that in your love, all of us, those here and those gone before us, rest in hope.  My heart, therefore, is glad
and my spirit rejoices.

Presider:  Holy God, you have inscribed your holy will upon our hearts and minds:  Grant us grace to hold fast to the confession of our hope, without wavering, in the assurance of your faithfulness, through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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Proper 29, Year B (Christ the King/Reign of Christ)
Track 1 -- Sequential Track:  2 Samuel 23:1-7, Psalm 132:1-13

Prayers of the People

Presider:  Almighty One, the source and giver of life, the Alpha and Omega, who is and who was and who is to come:  You have poured out your divine life into humanity through Christ to whom is given dominion and glory and authority; let our prayers come into your holy presence with reconciling and healing power, as we pray:  To Christ who loves us and freed us; to Christ be glory and dominion forever.

Litanist:  You have united us to your Son Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth:  Let your priests be clothed with righteousness and your faithful people sing with joy, that your Church may belong to the truth and listen to Christ's voice.  To Christ who loves us and freed us;
to Christ be glory and dominion forever.

You reign in transcendent splendor, O God, over all rulers and authorities, all powers and principalities:  Let your dream and hope for your creation give vision to our nation, its leaders, and to all who hold authority in the world, that all the earth may be reconciled under your reign of love.  To Christ who loves us and freed us;
to Christ be glory and dominion forever.

The kingdom of our Christ is without boundary or limitation:  We pray for everyone throughout the world who looks for help from above, relief from suffering, liberation from oppression, and hope for the future.  To Christ who loves us and free us;
to Christ be glory and dominion forever.

Your reign, O God, is like the sun rising on a cloudless morning, gleaming from the rain on the grassy land:  Bless this community with your grace and peace, that we may be a kingdom of priests who serve each other in your name.  To Christ who loves us and freed us;
to Christ be glory and dominion forever.

The spirit of the Lord speaks and the Rock of Israel is our hope:  Be present in the lives of those who need you, as we intercede on behalf of ___. 
We praise and thank you for the manifestation of your presence and power among us, especially for ___.
Jesus Christ is the firstborn of the dead.  Bring all humanity into your divine life; and welcome those who come to you, especially ___. 
To Christ who loves us and freed us;
to Christ be glory and dominion forever.

Presider:  Almighty and transcendent God, your glory fills all creation and your authority extends beyond time and forever:  Let your Spirit open our lives to your grace and truth, that we may always see your Christ at his coming, to whom be glory and dominion forever and ever.  Amen.

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Proper 29, Year B
Track 2:  Thematic Track, Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

Prayers of the People

Presider:  Ancient One, the source and giver of life, the Alpha and Omega, who is and who was and who is to come:  You have poured out your divine life into humanity through Christ to whom is given dominion and glory and authority.  Let our prayers come into your holy presence with reconciling and healing power, as we pray:  Your dominion is an everlasting dominion, that shall not pass away.

Litanist:  You have united us to your Son Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth:  Give wisdom to your Church that she may belong to the truth and listen to Christ's voice.  Your dominion is an everlasting dominion,
that shall not pass away

You reign in transcendent splendor, O God, over all rulers and authorities, all powers and principalities:  Let your dream and hope for your creation give vision to our nation, its leaders, and to all who hold authority in the world, that all peoples, nations, and languages may be reconciled under your reign of love.  Your dominion is an everlasting dominion,
that shall not pass away

The kingdom of our Christ is without boundary or limitation:  We pray for everyone throughout the world who looks for help from above, relief from suffering, liberation from oppression, and hope for the future.  Your dominion is an everlasting dominion,
that shall not pass away.

You have made the whole world so sure that it cannot be moved:  Visit this community with your grace and peace, that your truth and compassion may make us a kingdom of priests who serve each other in the Name of God.  Your dominion is an everlasting dominion,
that shall not pass away

Your divine fire energizes and purifies the world with your light:  be present in the lives of those who need you, as we intercede on behalf of ___. 
We praise and thank you for the manifestation of your presence and power among us, especially for ___.
In your eternal presence are the thousand times ten thousand who serve your glory as you continue to bring all humanity into your divine life; welcome those who come to you, especially ___. 
Your dominion is an everlasting dominion,
that shall not pass away

Presider:  Almighty and transcendent God, your glory fills all creation and your authority extends beyond time and forever:  Let your Spirit open our lives to your grace and truth, that we may always see your Christ at his coming, to whom be glory and dominion forever and ever.  Amen.