Prayers of the People

Prayers of the People - sequential and thematic readings (scroll down)

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

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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 execute 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, especially ___.  May they be with you today in Paradise.
Give your people knowledge of salvation;
by the forgiveness of our sins.

Almighty 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 cross 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, especially ___.  May they be with you today in Paradise.
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

Almighty 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.