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Prayers of the People

 

 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm/Passion Sunday, Year A

Episcopal Revised Common Lectionary

Presider:  Gracious and loving God, you have shown us that the way of the cross is the way of life, and through your Son Jesus you have taken upon yourself all of the evil, sin and violence of the world, even death itself:  Take into your divine heart the needs and concerns of your children, and hear us as we pray:  Make your face to shine upon your servants, and in your loving-kindness save us.

 

Intercessor:  As Jesus emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, humbling himself and being obedient to the point of death, so inspire your Church to follow faithfully in the way that he has led us, that we may share in his exaltation and resurrection.  Make your face to shine upon your servants, 

and in your loving-kindness save us.

 

As Jesus confronted the powers and principalities of the world -- the kings and emperors and authorities of religion and state -- so empower us to unmask all injustice, envy, violence and greed, that your divine light may cast out all darkness.  Make your face to shine upon your servants, 

and in your loving-kindness save us.

 

As Jesus became one with the poor, the criminal, the outcast, and the dying, so send your resurrection grace unto all who suffer, that they may be comforted by the promise of your heavenly kingdom.  Make your face to shine upon your servants, 

and in your loving-kindness save us.

 

As Jesus carried his cross with compassion and humility for all of the sin and suffering of the world, so let us reach out to our neighbors in steadfast love and willing service.  Make your face to shine upon your servants,

and in your loving-kindness save us.

 

As Jesus accepted pain, humiliation, contempt, and powerlessness with patient strength and steadfast hope, be present in your divine glory with those for whom we pray, especially ___.

As Jesus gave himself to the Father in thankful surrender, hear our grateful hearts in our prayers of thanksgiving, especially for ___.

As Jesus humbled himself to the point of death, even death on a cross, so that his Name may be exalted above every name, so bring into his eternal glory those who have died, especially ___.

 

Make your face to shine upon your servants,       

and in your loving-kindness save us.

 

Presider:  Through the humble trust of Jesus on the cross you have showed us the path of eternal life, O God:  Give us courage and grace to follow his example of obedient love, to walk in the way of the cross, and to share in his glorious resurrection, that we may live in the power of his Spirit, now and forever.  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.