Lowell Grisham Prayers of the People

Prayers of the People

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

Easter 3

Presider:  Gracious and Loving God, Christ's peace penetrates our startled and terrified hearts: Open our minds to understand the scriptures and to know ourselves to be your beloved children, as we pray, saying:  Know that God does wonders for the faithful; when we call, God will hear us.

Litanist:  You have called your Church to be witnesses of the resurrection and to proclaim in your name repentance and forgiveness of sins:  Lift up you countenance upon us, O God, that we may see and touch the presence of the Risen One.   Know that God does wonders for the faithful;
when we call, God will hear us.

Though the nations of the earth act in ignorance and reject the call of the Holy and Righteous One, fulfill what you have foretold through all the prophets, that we might see better times.  Know that God does wonders for the faithful;
when we call, God will hear us.

We praise our Wounded Healer Christ, who suffered, and rose from the dead on the third day, that your divine re-creative power may be at work throughout the world to confront injustice, disease, poverty and sadness.  Know that God does wonders for the faithful;
when we call, God will hear us.

Answer the people of this community, Almighty One, defender of our cause, and set us free when we are hard-pressed, that we may dwell in safety until the day when we will see you as you are.  Know that God does wonders for the faithful;
when we call, God will hear us.

Hear our prayers for all for whom we intercede, especially ___. 
We celebrate the goodness of your blessings among us, especially for ___.
We remember all who have died, that they may be revealed to be like you, O God, in the resurrection life of Christ, especially _____. 
Know that God does wonders for the faithful;
when we call, God will hear us.

Presider:  O God of our ancestors, you have glorified your servant Jesus:  Fill our wondering hearts with your joy and love, that we may live faithfully and may be righteous as he is righteous, living in your life-giving Spirit, through Christ our Savior.  Amen