Prayers of the People

Prayers of the People

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

Tracks 1 & 2

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5th Sunday after Pentecost;
Track 1 (sequential track:  2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14; Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20)
Proper 8, Year C

Presider:  As the Body of Christ, the Church follows in the Way of Jesus, proclaiming the Kingdom of God, reconciling the outcast, and loving our neighbors as ourselves:  Praying in the Spirit we offer our intercessions to God, saying:  You are the One who works wonders and have declared your power among the peoples.

Litanist:  Gracious One, for freedom Christ has set us free, that through love the members of the Church may become slaves to one another:  Inspire us to live and be guided by the Spirit. 
You are the One who works wonders 
and have declared your power among the peoples.

Almighty One, anoint able rulers and prophets to heal ancient prejudices and to foster hospitality among people, that all humanity may be led into the ways of justice and peace. 
You are the One who works wonders 
and have declared your power among the peoples.

Loving One, expand your gift of freedom throughout the world and inspire all people everywhere to accept your call to love our neighbor as ourselves. 
You are the One who works wonders
and have declared your power among the peoples.

Compassionate One, let this community be filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, that we may be a blessing among all with whom we live. 
You are the One who works wonders 
and have declared your power among the peoples.

We cry aloud to the One who will hear us, praying especially for ___.
We remember the works of God and ponder your mighty deeds:  Receive our prayers of grateful thanksgiving, especially for ___.
By your strength you have redeemed your people, O God:  Take into Christ’s resurrection life those who have died, especially ___. 
You are the One who works wonders 
and have declared your power among the peoples.

Presider:  Gracious and Loving One, grant us grace to heed your call to freedom and to live by the Spirit, that we may share in Christ’s reconciling work of healing and peace among people of diverse faiths and cultures. Let the fruit of the Spirit be manifest throughout the world, that neighborly love may flourish universally in the Name of all that is Holy.  Amen.

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Proper 8, Year C
Track 2 – thematic:  1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21; Psalm 16

Presider:  As the Body of Christ, the Church follows in the Way of Jesus, proclaiming the Kingdom of God, reconciling the outcast, and loving our neighbors as ourselves:  Praying in the Spirit we offer our intercessions to God, saying:  You will show us the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy.

Litanist:  Gracious One, for freedom Christ has set us free, that through love, the members of the Church may become slaves to one another:  Inspire us to live and be guided by the Spirit. 
You will show us the path of life; 
in your presence there is fullness of joy.

Almighty One, anoint able rulers and prophets to heal ancient prejudices and to foster hospitality among people, that all humanity may be led into the ways of justice and peace. 
You will show us the path of life; 
in your presence there is fullness of joy.

Loving One, expand your gift of freedom throughout the world and inspire people everywhere to accept your call to love our neighbor as ourselves. 
You will show us the path of life; 
in your presence there is fullness of joy.

Compassionate One, our boundaries enclose a pleasant land, indeed we have a goodly heritage:  Let this community be filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and temperance, that we may be a blessing among all with whom we live. 
You will show us the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy.

Protect those for whom we pray, O God, for we take refuge in you, remembering especially ___.
Our heart is glad and our spirit rejoices:  Receive our thanksgivings, especially for ___.
In your right hand are pleasures for evermore:  Do not abandon to the grave those who have died, but let them rest in hope, especially ___. 
You will show us the path of life;        
in your presence there is fullness of joy.

Presider:  Gracious and Loving God, grant us grace to heed your call to freedom and to live by the Spirit, that we may share in Christ’s reconciling work of healing and peace among people of diverse faiths and cultures. Let the fruit of the Spirit be manifest throughout the world, that neighborly love may flourish universally in the Name of all that is Holy.  Amen.