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 20, Year C; Track 1 (sequential track) – Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Psalm 79:1-9

Presider: Let your justice go forth into all the earth, O God, to confront the dishonest and greedy, and to hearken to the cry of the poor: We bring our intercessions on behalf of the whole earth, saying: Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your Name.

Litanist: Holy One, you have called the Church to be faithful in little and faithful in much, and appointed us as heralds and apostles, teachers in faith and truth: Entrust to us the true riches of your grace, that we may fulfill your desire that everyone be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.
Help us, O God our Savior,
for the glory of your Name.

Infinite One, with compassion and tears you call us to work for healing and justice: Hear our supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for rulers and all who are in high positions, that they may defend the poor and weak and enable all people to lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.
Help us, O God our Savior,
for the glory of your Name.

Generous One, you call all humanity to serve God above wealth: Disarm those who shed innocent blood and those who create violence in the world; bring to justice those who are corrupt, predatory or deceitful in their businesses; relieve all who are burdened by unreasonable debt; and protect any who are unemployed or threatened in their work, that all may find suitable and honest employment, and receive just payment for their labor.
Help us, O God our Savior,
for the glory of your Name.

Loving One, let your compassion be swift to meet us and our neighbors in this community, and heed the cry of those who suffer: Be our balm and our light to bring healing and justice, that we may never be a reproach to our neighbors.
Help us, O God our Savior,
for the glory of your Name.

Compassionate One, we pray for the children of this age and the children of light, that your mercy and justice may bring healing and grace to all. We remember especially ___.
Hear our thanksgiving for all your many blessings, especially for ___.
Welcome into their eternal homes those who have died, especially ___.
Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your Name.

Presider: God of mercy and justice, honor our prayers on behalf of your creation, and bring your integrity into the places of human corruption and oppression; that the weak may be lifted up and the burdened may be relieved, until all humankind shall turn to you and serve you, through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

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Proper 20, Year C; Track 2 (thematic track) – Amos 8:4-7; Psalm 113

Presider: From the rising of the sun to its going down, let God’s Holy Name be praised: Let your justice go forth into all the earth, O Holy One, to confront the dishonest and greedy, to take up the weak from the dust, and to lift up the poor from the ashes. We bring our intercessions on behalf of the whole earth, saying: Give praise, you servants of God; praise the Name of the Most High.

Litanist: Gracious God, you have called the Church to be faithful in little and faithful in much, and appointed us as heralds and apostles, teachers in faith and truth: Entrust to us the true riches of your grace, that we may fulfill your desire that everyone be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.
Give praise, you servants of God;
praise the Name of the Most High.

Infinite One, you are high above all nations and your glory is above the heavens: Hear our supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for rulers and all who are in high positions, that they may defend the poor and weak and enable every person to lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.
Give praise, you servants of God;
praise the Name of the Most High.

Generous One, you call all humanity to serve God above wealth: Disarm those who trample on the needy and ruin the poor in the land; bring to justice those who are corrupt, predatory or deceitful in their business; relieve those who are burdened by unreasonable debt; and protect those who are unemployed or threatened in their work: that all may find suitable and honest employment, and receive just payment for their labor.
Give praise, you servants of God;
praise the Name of the Most High.

Loving One, uphold the honesty and integrity of our neighbors in this community, that we may be a people of justice and compassion: Raise up those who are poor and weak and make our region joyful.
Give praise, you servants of God;
praise the Name of the Most High.

Compassionate One, we pray for the children of this age and the children of light, that your mercy and justice may bring healing and grace to all. We remember especially ___.
Hear our thanksgiving for all your many blessings, especially for ___.
Welcome into their eternal homes those who have died, especially ___.
Give praise, you servants of God;
praise the Name of the Most High.

Presider: God of mercy and justice, honor our prayers on behalf of your creation, and bring your integrity into every place of human corruption and oppression; that the weak may be lifted up and the burdened may be relieved, until all humankind shall turn to you and serve you, through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, One God, forever and ever. Amen.