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 13, Year C
Track 1; Sequential Track:  Hosea 1:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43

Presider:  Almighty and Eternal God, protect us from greed and attachment to worldly things, that we may be rich toward you and share Christ’s glory with the world, saying:  We give you thanks, O God, for you are good; your mercy endures for ever.
 
Litanist:  Gracious God, our lives are hidden with Christ in God:  Lead your Church with cords of human kindness and with bands of love, and clothe your children with the new self of the Risen One, that we may seek the things that are above and know your glory. 
We give you thanks, O God, for you are good;
your mercy endures for ever.

Generous God, rid the earth of anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language, and give wisdom to the powerful and wealthy, that they may refrain from building larger buildings and portfolios, and instead seek to be rich toward God. 
We give you thanks, O God, for you are good;
your mercy endures for ever.

Look upon our world, O Benevolent One, and gather your people from east and west, from north and south, that guided by your wisdom we may no longer be divided by nation, race, custom or class, but recognize our unity in you. 
We give you thanks, O God, for you are good;
your mercy endures for ever.

Your compassion grows warm and tender, O Loving One; you bend down to feed us and lift us to your cheeks; you teach your children to walk and put our feet on a straight path.  We thank you for your mercy revealed in this community and for the wonders you do for your children. 
We give you thanks, O God, for you are good;
your mercy endures for ever.

You satisfy the thirsty and fill the hungry with good things.  Hear our petitions as we ask divine presence and healing in for those for whom we pray, especially ___.
We give thanks for all that God has given us out of the abundance of God’s heart, especially for ___.
We have died, and our life is hidden with Christ in God.  May all  who have died be revealed with Christ in glory, especially ___.
We give you thanks, O God, for you are good;
your mercy endures for ever.

Presider:  Guide us with your wisdom, O Generous One, that we may resist the worldly temptations of greed, wealth and power, and treasure only those things that are eternal and imperishable, through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.  Amen.

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Proper 13, Year C
Track 2; Thematic Track:  Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23

Presider:  Almighty and Eternal God, our lives are fleeting and like the beasts, we perish:  Protect us from greed and attachment to worldly things, that we may be rich toward you, and share Christ’s glory with the world, as we pray:  Let our mouths speak of wisdom, and our hearts meditate on understanding.

Litanist:  Gracious God, you have raised up your Church so that our lives may be hidden with Christ in God:  Strip off our old self and clothe your children with the new self of the Risen One, that we may seek the things that are above and know your glory.
Let our mouths speak of wisdom,
and our hearts meditate on understanding.

Generous God, rid the earth of anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language, and give wisdom to the powerful and wealthy, that they may refrain from building larger buildings and portfolios, and instead seek to be rich toward God. 
Let our mouths speak of wisdom,
and our hearts meditate on understanding.

Look upon our world, O Benevolent One, and free all humanity from fear in evil days, that guided by your wisdom we may no longer be divided by nation, race, custom or class, but recognize our unity in you. 
Let our mouths speak of wisdom,
and our hearts meditate on understanding.

Though our days be full of pain, our work a vexation, and though our minds may not find rest at night, let us, with our neighbors in this community, find ourselves hid in your life and revealed in your glory, O God. 
Let our mouths speak of wisdom,
and our hearts meditate on understanding.

We can never ransom ourselves or deliver to God the price of our lives.  Hear our petitions as we ask divine presence and healing in for those for whom we pray, especially ___.
We give thanks for all that God has given us out of the abundance of the divine heart, especially for ___.
We have died, and our life is hidden with Christ in God.  May all who have died be revealed with Christ in glory, especially ___.
Let our mouths speak of wisdom,
and our hearts meditate on understanding.

Presider:  Look upon our vanity and foolishness, O God, and guide us with your wisdom, that we may resist the worldly temptations of greed, wealth and power, and treasure only those things that are eternal and imperishable, through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.  Amen.