Jan 4, 2014

Prayers of the People: Epiphany 2A

Here’s a prayer of petition and intercession, inspired by the suggested scripture readings for the second Sunday after Epiphany (Year A).  It was written by Richard Bansemer, and posted on the Lutheran Forum.

Prayers of the People: Epiphany 2A
(inspired by Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11,
1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42)

You command us, Heavenly Father, through your prophet Isaiah to listen and pay attention, for we are far away from you. The sharp tongues of the prophets do not let us have a glib faith. Your Son, our Savior, has been sent as our light in a dark world.
Let us walk: In the light of the Lord.

Father God, you listen to us like you listened to the Psalmists when we sing our songs, cry our laments, and put our trust in your gracious mercy. Help us delight in your will. Put your law and your help in our hearts, that we may rejoice in your steadfast love.
Let us walk: In the light of the Lord.

We thank you, Lord Jesus Christ, that you have called us to be saints together. As we grow in our faith in your Body, the church, fill us with your spiritual gifts, that we may not be lacking in zeal or courage.
Let us walk: In the light of the Lord.

Lamb of God, John the Baptist proclaimed that you take away the sin of the world. Take away our sin, our selfishness, that we may be your people in a world that needs you more than it can admit. Help us take no offense in the fact that we need you too.
Let us walk: In the light of the Lord.

Open our ears, Holy Spirit, that we may hear your call through the Scriptures, the preaching of your word, the singing of your inspired hymns, and the praying of our prayers. When we hear you call, may we walk with you as readily as Andrew and Peter.
Let us walk: In the light of the Lord.

We bring before you those whom we know need healing, hope, and heavenly help. As we name them in our hearts or aloud, touch them, and us with your presence _____.
Let us walk: In the light of the Lord.

Make all our petitions selfless, like those you taught us to pray.  Amen.

~ written by Richard Bansemer, and posted on the Lutheran Forum website. http://www.lutheranforum.org/prayers/year-a/Prayers_for_the_Epiphany_Season/