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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Last Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 29
Track 1 (with Canticle 4 or 16)

Officiant:  Almighty God, our Eternal Sovereign, through your Son Jesus Christ you have created all that exists:  Reconcile all things unto yourself, whether on earth or in heaven, that your tender compassion may shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and your graciousness may guide our feet into the way of peace, as we pray:  Give your people knowledge of salvation; by the forgiveness of our sins.

Litanist:  Gracious One, grant that your Church may be made strong with all the strength that comes from your glorious power, joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 
Give your people knowledge of salvation;
by the forgiveness of our sins.

Guide the leaders and shepherds of this nation that they may tend and care for all people and promote justice and righteousness in the land. 
Give your people knowledge of salvation;
by the forgiveness of our sins.

Remember your holy covenant, O God, and come to all your people to set them free, that members of every language, nation and tribe may be saved from oppression and live in peace. 
Give your people knowledge of salvation;
by the forgiveness of our sins.

Be with us in this community and let the compassionate strength of your sacrificial love bring peace and reconciliation among all our neighbors. 
Give your people knowledge of salvation;
by the forgiveness of our sins.

Father forgive us, for we know not what we do:  Graciously bring your healing power to the needs of this congregation.  We remember before you especially this day ___. 
With grateful hearts we bring our prayers of thanksgiving to you, especially for ___. 
We commend to your eternal arms those who have died. May they be with you today in Paradise. We remember especially: ___. 
Give your people knowledge of salvation;
by the forgiveness of our sins.

Holy God of the Universe, you have shown your strength through the reconciling power of the cross:  As you honored the prayer of the crucified thief, so attend to your people and grant us your grace, that we may be reconciled one to another and be a blessing to your world, in the power of your Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

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Last Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 29
Track 2 (with Psalm 46)

Officiant:  Almighty God, our Eternal Sovereign, through your Son Jesus Christ you have created all that exists:  Reconcile all things unto yourself, whether on earth or in heaven, so that all humanity may be still and know that you are God, as we pray:  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Litanist:  Gracious One, grant that your Church may be made strong with all the strength that comes from your glorious power, joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

Guide the leaders and shepherds of all nations that they may break the bows, and shatter the spears, and make war to cease in all the earth. 
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

Be in the midst of all who fear and who live in upheaval and tumult; let your divine presence be their stronghold, and help them at the break of day. 
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

Be with us in this community and let the compassionate strength of your sacrificial love bring peace and reconciliation to all our neighbors. 
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

Father forgive us, for we know not what we do.  Graciously bring your healing power to the needs of this congregation.  We remember before you especially this day ___. 
With grateful hearts we bring our prayers of thanksgiving to you, especially for ___. 
We commend to your eternal arms those who have died. May they be with you today in Paradise. We remember especially: ___. 
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

Holy God of the Universe, you have shown your strength through the reconciling power of the cross:  As you honored the prayer of the crucified thief, so attend to your people and grant us your grace, that we may be reconciled one to another and be a blessing to your world, in the power of your Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

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Prayers of the People

Thanksgiving Day, Year C

Presider:  Gracious and Loving God, we come to you rejoicing so that in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving we may let our requests be made known to you:  Hear us as we offer our intercessions and thanksgivings:  For you are good; your mercy is everlasting.

Litanist:  Generous God of abundance, you have given to your Church the bread of life which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world:  Fill our minds with all that is true and honorable and just and pure, with that which is pleasing and commendable, excellent and worthy of praise, that your peace may be with us and we may be a blessing to your creation. 
For you are good;
your mercy is everlasting.

Almighty One, you have given us this good land as an inheritance, forming refugees and wanderers in to a great nation, mighty and populous:  Fill our leaders and all who hold authority in the world with kindness and generosity, that all people may enjoy the fruits of earth and live together in hospitality and peace. 
For you are good;
your mercy is everlasting.

Compassionate One, hear the cry of those who live under affliction, toil and oppression and with your mighty hand and outstretched arm bring them out of their suffering, that all people may enjoy the fruits the earth and eat the bread of life. 
For you are good;
your mercy is everlasting.

You are near, O Loving One:  May our neighbors in our community be joyful before you and let ours be a land flowing with milk and honey, that your people may join with the aliens who reside among us to celebrate with all the bounty that you have given us. 
For you are good;
your mercy is everlasting.

Gentle and healing One, let your gracious love touch all who need your grace this day, especially ___.
We give thanks to you and call upon your Name, O God, as we offer our gratefulness for your goodness, especially for ___.
We bring to your table all who have died, especially ___.  Feed them with the food that endures for eternal life. 
For you are good;
your mercy is everlasting.

Presider:  You are God, Eternal One; you yourself have made us, and we are yours; we are your people and the sheep of your pasture; we thank you for your gracious generosity to us and to all creation:  Let your peace, which surpasses all understanding guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, that we may share the true bread which comes down from heaven and live forever in your Spirit with thankfulness and grace, through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.