Feb 25, 2012

Prayers of the People: Palm Sunday

Here’s a prayer of intercession suitable for use on Palm Sunday.  It was written by Rick Morley.  He writes, “This version of the Prayers of the People has been written with the Christ Hymn from Philippians in mind, and would be appropriate for use on Palm Sunday. You may feel free to use and adapt as would be most helpful to you and your community.”

Prayers of Intercession for Palm Sunday
(inspired by Philippians 2: 5-11)

Christ, we pray that you would hear our prayers,
and graft in our minds the same mind that is in you,
that we might be vessels of your humility and grace.
Lord Jesus, you emptied yourself,
trading in the form of God for the form of a slave;
we pray for the Church, and all her people and ministers.
Form us into a Church that empties itself for others, and for you.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, you were born in human likeness,
and found in human form;
we pray for the whole human family, for the nations of the earth,
and for all who live in the midst of disaster, famine, or terror.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, even after humbling yourself in your incarnation,
you humbled yourself even to the point of death;
we pray for our nation, our leaders,
and all the people who live within these borders.
Bless us with your humility.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus your humility and your love for us
was so broad and deep, it cost you your life.
We pray for those who we love who have died,
and as you were highly exalted, may they rest with you in glory.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In your exaltation, O Lord,
you were given the name that is above every name;
we pray in your name for those who are poor,
those who are hungry,
and those who are hurting in any way.
Give them your grace.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We also pray, in your name O Lord,
for those who are sick (especially…);
give them the gift of healing, strength, and life.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You humbled yourself in the manger,
and you humbled yourself on the cross;
and to you O Lord we bend our knee
with those above and those below,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

— written by Rick Morley, and posted on his Rick Morley blog.  

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