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Prayers of the People

 

 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The First Sunday in Lent

Episcopal Revised Common Lectionary - Year C

 

Presider:  Gracious God, you have given us a good land and a generous inheritance as our possession:  Be with us as you were with Jesus in the wilderness to deliver us from temptation, that we may trust in you with our whole heart and know the comfort of your presence, as we pray:  You are our refuge and our stronghold; our God in whom we put our trust.

 

Litanist:  Holy and Mighty One, in Christ you have taught us that we do not live by bread alone:  Inspire your Church with faith and generosity, that we may proclaim the Word that is near us, in our lives and in our hearts, and gratefully return to you the first fruits of all that you have given, sharing the bread that satisfies all of the hungers of the world. 

You are our refuge and our stronghold;

our God in whom we put our trust.

 

Holy and Mighty One, in Christ you have taught us to worship and serve God alone:  Inspire our leaders and all in authority in the world that they may look upon the affliction, toil, and oppression of those who suffer and may share in your work of liberation. 

You are our refuge and our stronghold; 

our God in whom we put our trust.

 

Holy and Mighty One, in Christ we are united to all who cry out for lack of bread and shelter, who suffer from the abuse of power, and who are threatened by the fallen structures of the world:  Through your infinite love and gracious presence deliver them, that they may dwell in the security of your peace. 

You are our refuge and our stronghold;

our God in whom we put our trust.

 

Holy and Mighty One, in Christ you have taught us to trust and not put God to the test:  Inspire this community with such generosity and grace that there may be no distinction between residents and alien, for the same Lord is Lord of all and he is generous to all. 

You are our refuge and our stronghold;

our God in whom we put our trust.

 

Holy and Mighty One, in Christ we are bound to you in love, therefore you will deliver us.  We shall call upon you, and you will answer. 

Let your mighty hand and outstretched arm rescue those for whom we pray, especially ___.

With signs and wonders you have brought us into this place and given us life.  Hear our gratitude for all our many blessings, especially for___.

As we believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, so we entrust to your salvation those who died, especially ___.

You are our refuge and our stronghold;

our God in whom we put our trust.

 

 

Presider:  Almighty and benevolent God, you see and know our exaggerated needs for security, esteem, and control:  Visit us in our temptations with your comforting power, that we may look to you in trust, and be saved, through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, in power and glory everlasting.  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.