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THE PRAYERS, 

17th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 22, Cycle C (October 6, 2019)

 

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

A brief silence

Dear heavenly Father, thank you for planting the mustard-seed of faith in us! Please water it with your Holy Spirit and make its roots delve deep into your holy Word and Sacraments. Cause that seed to blossom and come to fruition, nourishing a hungry world with your son’s forgiveness and love.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask your protection, guidance and blessing upon your Church. Make it steadfast in faith; courageous in witness; truthful in teaching and preaching; and gracious in service to all for whom your Son gave his life.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Fill this congregation with your Holy Spirit, so that in our words and actions, we never seem ashamed of Christ, but instead show and share his holy and forgiving love to everyone we encounter.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Bestow upon all missionaries strength to do their Master’s work faithfully and well until he comes in glory. Shield and strengthen our sisters and brothers who are persecuted on account of Jesus. Give them grace and courage to stand at their watch-post and to speak and live your Word boldly and truly. Grant that their tormentors may repent of their evil ways and turn to you, the Lord of all.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Grant that the leaders of all nations, most especially our own, may acknowledge you as their Lord and Master; and may do the work you have entrusted to them faithfully and diligently; knowing that they must give to you an account of their actions. Remind them constantly that their decisions ought not be stumbling-blocks even to the littlest and least of their citizens; but instead, that they should strive for justice tempered with mercy, and for peace wedded to righteousness.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Grant the watchman’s courage and faithfulness to all who protect and defend life from the ravages of evil and violence. We beseech you especially on behalf of those in our military, and all first responders. Prosper all they do that accomplishes your purposes; be their mighty fortress when they imperiled or injured; reunite them swiftly with their loved ones; and help us to honor and use their gifts to benefit our communities.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Be the rock and salvation, the hope and the eternal possession of all who cry out to you in time of adversity, suffering, or sorrow. Most especially we remember before you: {List}. Give them patience; still their troubled souls; heal them of whatever afflicts them in body, mind, or spirit; and give to all who care for them tender hearts, gentle hands, compassionate service, and loving encouragement.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Dear heavenly Father, keep our beloved dead in your loving embrace. Be the rock and salvation of all whose grief runs deep. Give all of us steadfast courage and boundless hope. Make us gentle and tender-hearted with one another: forgiving when the other sins, repentant when we are in the wrong; and encouraging when our neighbor stumbles. Lead us safely through the evils and sorrows of this earthly life. Bring us into your Kingdom and into eternal fellowship with you and with all whom you have redeemed through the merits of your beloved Son.

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.