Apr 6, 2012

Prayers of the People: Easter 3

Here’s a prayer of intercession for the third Sunday after Easter written by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild.

Prayer of Intercession
(based on Luke 24:36-48)

Lord Jesus Christ, the light of your love shines on, illuminating the places where you are present.  As the bewildered disciples pondered the stories of your appearance, you penetrated the darkness of their fear and doubt with your word of peace.  You showed them the appalling marks of evil pierced on your hands and feet.  You opened their minds to understand why you had to die to defeat such evil and death. Increase our understanding, we pray, and open our minds and hearts to receive you...
Lord, hear our prayer...

Bring to us O God, the sense of your living presence as we go into this new week.  Renew in us the faith you want us to have, the faith that is not afraid to reach out in your name and to share the treasure you have given us, that treasure which is greater than silver and gold....

Lord - you know our hearts, you know our needs, and you know the hearts of those around us and their needs.  We lift ourselves and them before you at this time... 
Lord, hear our prayer...

Lord, we specially hold before you today…
(intercessions are shared)
Lord hear our prayer.....

Finally, O Lord, we ask that you would bless us at [local congregation] with vision for the future and reverence for the past.  Guide us each day as we minister to one another and to world for which you gave yourself.  Help us each day to bear witness to your name and to do that which you would have
us do.  We ask it through Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen

— written by Rev.  Richard J. Fairchild, and posted on his Kir-shalom website. Opening paragraph written by Moira Laidlaw, on Liturgies Online. 

For more prayers on this blog, see the Scriptural Prayer Index at the upper right side of the page.