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Prayers of the People

 

 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Episcopal Revised Common Lectionary - Year B, Proper 18, Track 2

 

Presider:  Ever-present and compassionate God, you care for all persons with your unconditional divine love, and you extend your liberating grace to all peoples:  Open our hearts to be strong and fearless in the pursuit of justice and relief, especially on behalf of the poor and the stranger, as we pray:  You care for near and far alike; liberate your children from their oppression.

 

Litanist:  Gracious and loving God, you have called your church to follow the royal law to love our neighbors as ourselves: Empower our witness of reconciliation that we may speak gracefully to those whose ears cannot yet hear the Good News of God's love and may serve generously those whose mouths cannot yet proclaim your grace.  You care for near and far alike;

liberate your children from their oppression.

 

You guide the leaders of the nations to show mercy and to eschew partiality:  Free from their bondage those whose lot is only the leftovers and crumbs, and empower those who struggle to live on what falls from their masters' tables.   You care for near and far alike;

liberate your children from their oppression.

 

You embrace with your compassion, O God, those whom some call dogs and others who are poor or dishonored:  Heal and comfort all who are in weakness or in need throughout the world.  You care for near and far alike;

liberate your children from their oppression.

 

You have chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom:  Reconcile our community that we may be people of radical hospitality, welcoming native and foreigner, rich and poor, without distinction or partiality.  You care for near and far alike;

liberate your children from their oppression.

 

You withhold your healing presence from no one:  Honor our prayers for all who are in need, especially ___.

You call us to share in your work of reconciliation and freedom.  We thank you for the many ministries of this congregation:  our work of worship, outreach, education, service and fellowship.  Hear our joy as we give you thanks, especially for ___. 

You keep your promise for ever; hear our prayers for those who have died, especially ___.   You care for near and far alike;

liberate your children from their oppression.

 

 

Presider:  Gracious and living God, your loving care reaches to the ends of the earth, rescuing those who live in bondage and fear:  Open our eyes and ears to your call of compassion, that we may joyfully share in your eternal life, and bring all humanity into the goodness of your Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

To add names to be included in our intercessions for those who are ill or in any kind of need, or to remember those who have died,
please call the church office 479/442-7373 or email prayer@stpaulsfay.org.  
 
We also invite your prayers of thanksgiving to be included in our Prayers of the People.