Prayers of the People

Prayers of the People

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

4 Advent, Year C

Prayers of the People:

Presider:  Our souls proclaim the greatness of the Lord and our spirits rejoice in God our Savior.  Look with favor upon your children who come to you in prayer and expectation, O Gracious One, as we say:  The Almighty has done great things for us; and holy is your Name.

Litanist:  Merciful One, in the obedience of your servant Mary you have given to the church a model and example of service:  Inspire our witness to your presence, that we may be Christ-bearers manifesting your love for all the world. 
The Almighty has done great things for us;
and holy is your Name.

Eternal One, from modest upbringings you have raised up a Ruler whose origin is from old; you have cast down the mighty from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly:  Come to the help of our leaders and all in authority, that they may be instruments of justice and peace. 
The Almighty has done great things for us;
and holy is your Name.

Compassionate One, you hear the voice of all who cry out in suffering or despair throughout the world:  Visit every person in need with the comfort of your presence, that they shall live secure to the ends of the earth and know the comfort of your abiding peace. 
The Almighty has done great things for us;
and holy is your Name.

Benevolent One, your Holy Spirit fills the meeting places between friends and relatives:  Grant to this community, cordial relationships of support and trust, that we may bring to birth your creative hope for all people.
The Almighty has done great things for us;
and holy is your Name.

Loving One, you fill the hungry with good things and come to the help of your servants:  We remember your promise of mercy as we offer our prayers of intercession, especially for ___. 
You bless us with new life and hope:  Hear our gratefulness as we offer our thanks, especially for ___. 
You hold our lives within the majesty of your Name:  Receive into your eternal life those who have died, especially ___.
The Almighty has done great things for us;
and holy is your Name.

Presider: In your great might  you have come to the help of your servants, for we remember your promise of mercy made to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children for ever:  Fulfill what you have spoken to us and sanctify your people, through the offering of our Savior Jesus Christ once for all, in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.