Prayers of the People

Prayers of the People

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

Tracks 1 & 2 (scroll down for track 2)

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Proper 17, Year C
Track 1:  Sequential Track (Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1, 10-16)

Prayers of the People

Presider:  Gracious and loving God, you have invited us to the banquet feast of the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ and called us to extend his gift of radical hospitality to the whole world:  Help us to walk in his path of humble generosity, as we bring to you the needs of the whole creation, saying:  God is our helper; we will not be afraid.

Litanist:  You have blessed the table fellowship of your Church on this holy day, O God, as you call us to invite and to serve the poor, the injured, and all in any need:  Let everyone who works in your name be merciful and full of compassion.
God is our helper; 
we will not be afraid.

You have brought us into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things:  Guide all who govern and hold authority in our nation and in the world, that they will be just and honorable, working to assure that no one is left without food or shelter or compassionate care. 
God is our helper; 
we will not be afraid.

Reach out your loving hands throughout the world to all may need your help and rescue:  Feed them with the finest wheat and satisfy them with honey from the rock. 
God is our helper;
we will not be afraid.

You hold out your invitation of fellowship to all in our community, and you invite us to live in mutual love for one another, not neglecting to show hospitality to strangers:  Exalt the humble and humble the exalted, that we may extend your compassion to all. 
God is our helper; 
we will not be afraid.

Gracious and compassionate God, remember those in prison; rescue any person who may face torture; guide all couples into the paths of faithfulness; heal the sick, and honor our prayers of intercession for all who look to you in need, especially ___.
Hear us as we offer our sacrifice of praise to you O God, giving thanks especially for ___.
Receive into your heavenly banquet those who have died, especially ___. 
God is our helper;                                                                                      we will not be afraid.

 

Presider:  Holy and Gracious God, you have shown us through your son Jesus that your steadfast love and compassion are the same yesterday and today and forever:  Lead us humbly to your presence, where the meek may hold up their heads with honor; and grant that we may be counted among those who share in your fellowship of blessing, in the unity of your Spirit, for ever and ever.  Amen. 

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Proper 17, Year C
Track 2:  Thematic Track (Sirach 10:12-18; Psalm 112)

Prayers of the People

Presider:  Gracious and loving God, you have invited us to the banquet feast of the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, and called us to extend his gift of radical hospitality to the whole world:  Help us to walk in his path of humble generosity, as we bring to you the needs of the whole creation, saying:  God is our helper; therefore we will not fear.

Litanist:  You have blessed the table fellowship of your Church on this Holy Day, O God, as you call us to invite and to serve the poor, the injured, and all in any need:  Let everyone who works in your name be merciful and full of compassion.
God is our helper; 
therefore we will not fear.

You overthrow the thrones of rulers and raise up the lowly in their place:  Guide all who govern or hold authority, that they may be protected from human pride and violent anger and may manage their affairs with justice. 
God is our helper; 
therefore we will not fear.

Bless and care for the whole human family, especially the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind, that all may know the healing care of your eternal love and the liberating presence of your divine justice. 
God is our helper; 
therefore we will not fear.

You hold out your invitation of fellowship to all in our community and invite us to live in mutual love for one another, not neglecting to show hospitality to strangers:  Exalt the humble and humble the exalted, that we may know our hearts to be right as we put our trust in you. 
God is our helper; 
therefore we will not fear.

Gracious and compassionate God, remember those in prison; rescue any person who may face torture; guide all couples into the paths of faithfulness; heal the sick, and honor our prayers of intercession for all who look to you in need, especially ___.
Hear us as we offer our sacrifice of praise to you O God, giving thanks especially for ___.
The righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance; receive into your heavenly banquet those who have died, especially ___. 
God is our helper;                                                  therefore we will not fear.

Presider:  Holy and Gracious God, you have shown us through your son Jesus that your steadfast love and compassion are the same yesterday and today and forever:  Lead us humbly to your presence, where the meek may hold up their heads with honor; and grant that we may be counted among those who share in your fellowship of blessing, in the unity of your Spirit, for ever and ever.  Amen.