The Prayers of the People
During our weekly worship time together we share our joys and concerns for prayer time under the heading of “Prayers of the People.” Our prayers are for family and friends, griefs and celebrations, news events close to home and far away. Recently my spirit has been moved by the ever-increasing depth of need offered during this holy space. This month I wish to share with you a form of prayer which I grew up with from The Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopalian Church. If we would together use these prayers on a daily basis, our lives will be open to the needs of the surroundings and the movement of God, already at work in these surroundings. Pray with me …
In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.
For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.
For this community, the nation, and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.
For the just and proper use of your creation;
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.
For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.
For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.
For our Bishop, District Superintendent, pastor and other ministers;
For all who serve God in his Church.
For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.
Hear us, Lord, for your mercy is great.
We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.
We will exalt you, O God our King, and praise your Name for ever and ever.
We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.
Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them, who put their trust in you.
Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth:
Mercifully accept the prayers of your people,
and strengthen us to do your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen