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THE PRAYERS, 

13th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 18, Cycle C (September 8, 2019)

 

Let us pray in the name of Jesus to our heavenly Father for the Church, the world, and one another.

A brief silence

Gracious Father, teach us what true discipleship is, and by your Holy Spirit, give us the faith and steadfastness to bear its cost. Thank you for so clearly setting before us the “way of blessing and of curse; of life and of death.” Thank you for the grace which gives us strength to choose the life you offer through the death and resurrection of your Son.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the Church around the world. Make it holy and blameless, wise and loving, fearless and compassionate in equal measure. Make it delight in your Law and proclaim your Gospel. Establish its roots in the living waters flowing from Christ its head and its life.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all the people and ministries of this congregation. Help us to delight in your Law, and to meditate on it day and night. Give us grace to forgive; faithfulness to serve, and joyfulness to worship. Use us to lead many people to those streams of water in which they will find true life in Christ.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for your missionaries in every land. Give them wise and humble hearts, so that they bring the healing and saving Gospel to those whom the world has despised and rejected.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our nation and its leaders; and for the people and leaders of every nation on earth. Help all of us to “walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners; nor sit in the seat of scoffers;” but instead to delight in your Law; to meditate on your will; and to practice doing it so that we may live before you in peace and righteousness.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for first responders and those in the military, for they know much about counting the cost of remaining faithful to their calling. Keep them safe; and prosper all they do that is in accordance with your will. When they are wounded in body or mind or spirit, grant healing and hope. And help us to honor their service and value their skills as they return to civilian life.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick, lonely, imprisoned, abandoned, grieving and dying who need your mercy and loving-kindness – especially: {List}. Refresh their hearts; heal whatever is wounded; and restore them to fellowship with all who love them. As we recall Paul’s words to Philemon, we lift before you the plight of all who, even this day, are slaves; that they may be delivered from bondage and that we may acknowledge them as kindred for whom Christ has died.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Most holy and loving Father, with gratitude and affection we entrust into your care our beloved dead. Through your Holy Spirit, strengthen us in our vocation as disciples of the Lord Jesus, so that, not counting the cost, we may bear faithful witness to his strong saving love throughout our earthly pilgrimage. And, for his sake, bring us into your presence, to be numbered with all those who serve you and who look upon your face in glory everlasting.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In the power of the Holy Spirit, we entrust our prayers and petitions into your hands, gracious Father, for the sake of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.