Prayers of the People

Prayers of the People

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

3 Epiphany, Year C

Prayers of the People

Presider:  This day is holy to God, for the joy of the Lord is our strength. The scripture is fulfilled in our hearing, and this is the year of the Lord's favor: 
Gracious and loving One, fill your church with the power of your Spirit, that we may bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, and liberation to the oppressed. For we are members of one body, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Litanist:  The Church is the body of Christ and we are individually members of it.  Creative and Holy God, you have appointed ministries in your Church and given gifts to all:  Let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God, our strength and our redeemer. 
For we are members of one body;
and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

The judgments of God are true and righteous altogether; the testimony of God is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent:  Eternal One, guide the leaders of the world and all in authority with the power of your Spirit, that your mission of healing and reconciliation may bring freedom, unity and peace to all creation.
For we are members of one body;
and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

We know that if one suffers, all suffer together; if one is honored, all rejoice together:  Compassionate One, let your healing and uniting power go forth into all the world to comfort those who are ill, to bring peace and liberation to those who are oppressed, and to bring good news to the poor. 
For we are members of one body;
and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 

The commandment of God is clear and gives light to the eyes:  Inspiring One, anoint our community with your generous compassion, that we may treat our less respectable members with greater respect, and that there may be no dissension within the body. 
For we are members of one body;
and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Hear our prayers of intercession and healing, especially for ___. 
Accept our thanksgiving with those who rejoice, especially ___. 
Enfold into your eternal life those who have died, especially ___.
For we are members of one body;
and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Presider:  Your judgment, O God, is sweeter far than honey, and in keeping your word there is great reward:  Cleanse us from our secret faults and keep your servants from presumptuous sins, that we may be whole and sound, and innocent of a great offense, as we seek to live out the good news of your anointed Son Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit, this day and forever.  Amen.