Nov 7, 2011

Praise & Intercession: Christ the King

Here’s a prayer of intercession for “Christ the King” or “Reign of Christ” Sunday (the last Sunday before Advent).  It was written by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild, and posted on his Kir-shalom website.  You may need to revise it slightly to reflect current events in your location.

Prayers of the People

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....
       
Lord, you ask us to invite you to reign in our lives and have taught us to pray for those in this world who are set in authority over us so that we might have peace.  As we here in Canada vote tomorrow for those who have let their names stand for election to our parliament we pray for each candidate and for the government that will be formed from among them.... Lord, hear our prayer....

Thank you God most Holy for hearing our prayers.  All these things we ask of you and say to you in the name of Christ Jesus, he who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, both now and forevermore.  Amen.

— copyright © Rev. Richard J. Fairchild, and posted on his Kir-Shalom website. Visit his site for other lectionary-based worship resources and sermons.