Nov 5, 2012

Prayers of the People: Christ the King

Here’s a prayer of thanksgiving and intercession written for Proper 29 – the last Sunday before Advent (known as “Christ the King” or “Reign of Christ” Sunday).  It was written by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild and posted on the Kir-shalom website.

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Lord God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth,
we your people acclaim you,
we praise you, we exalt you,
we bless your holy name. 
It is your love that is revealed in the life and death of Jesus,
it is your power that is seen in his resurrection,
and it is your majesty that is made known
by his ascension into heaven to be at your side. 
Help us, O God, to always keep your power and your authority
and your love and your majesty in our minds
and to never neglect the doing of your will. 
Help us to be obedient to the word you place
in our hearts and our minds...
Lord, hear our prayer...

Father and Mother of us all,
we believe that Christ Jesus should rule within our worship
and our life together as your people. 
We believe too that he should rule over our work in the world
and within our family life.
Indeed we profess that he wants to be Lord of our lives,
the one who is supreme in deciding how we should relate
to our friends and our neighbours. 
Help us make this manifest in what we do each and every day—
in how we make decisions about how we spend our time and our money,
in how we employ our hands and in how we direct our feet,
in how we speak and in how we think,
in how we rest and in how we work... 
Lord, hear our prayer...
O God, in his time with us
Christ has shown his authority over wind and wave.
We pray that he may bring peace and calm to those who lives are troubled.... 
We especially pray today for (bidding prayer)…
Lord, hear our prayer....
Thank you, God most Holy, for hearing our prayers. 
All these things we ask of you in the name of Christ Jesus,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, both now and forevermore.  Amen.

~ written by Rev. Richard Fairchild, and posted on the Kir-shalom website.