Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Prayers of the People: Proper 16A


Prayers of the People—Proper 16A

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Therefore let us come humbly before God saying, “Our help is in your name, O Lord; Deal well with us.”

Generous God, you have graciously given the members of your Church diverse gifts: May we, who are many, function in this world as one body in your Son, Jesus Christ.
Silence
Our help is in your name, O Lord;
Deal well with us.

God of the nations, mysterious and unexpected are the instruments of your salvation .  Give us eyes to see your work in the lives of the most humble servants and the grandest royalty.  Bless all those who put their trust in you.  
Silence
Our help is in your name, O Lord;
Deal well with us.

Great God, the maker of heaven and earth, bring forth fruits in due season.  May all the people of the world experience the blessing of sun and rain and harvest.
Silence
Our help is in your name, O Lord;
Deal well with us.

Caring God, give to the people of our region sober judgment. May each member of our community live in light of the great mercy you have shown us. 
Silence
Our help is in your name, O Lord;
Deal well with us.

Lord God, be on the side of those in need of our prayers.  May the sick and sorrowful not be overwhelmed but, instead, find freedom in you. 

Allow the congregation to add their petitions and thanksgivings, followed by Silence

Our help is in your name, O Lord;
Deal well with us.

Almighty God, you have promised through your beloved Son that not even the gates of Hades will prevail against the people of your redeeming.  May all of the dead find comfort in your Heavenly kingdom.
Silence
Our help is in your name, O Lord;
Deal well with us.

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