May 30, 2012

Prayer of Intercession: Proper 5 B

Here’s a prayer of intercession for the second Sunday after Pentecost, Year B (June 10, 2012).  It was written by Paul Sauer.

Prayers of the People: Proper 5 B

Heavenly Father, you heard the excuses of Adam and Eve for their personal sins, even as you hear our own excuses, yet you do not forsake any of us.

Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Give us the ears of Adam and Eve to hear you walking nearby, knowing our wrong. You never hide from us, though we may try to hide from you.

Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Lord Jesus Christ, like our Scriptural ancestors, we often prefer an earthly king or queen, instead of your kindly rule. Forgive us, King of kings.

Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Your steadfast love calls us back to your mercy. Hear our cries of remorse and taste our tears of longing, even as our sin causes us to seek for your forgiveness.

Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Heavenly Father, even as you raised Jesus from the dead, each of us must come before you after we die. We shall not lose heart for that day or reckoning, for your grace is love, and you have promised us an eternal home.

Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Lord God, creator of the universe, our very earth trembles and shakes. Storms destroy. Seas rise and tsunamis kill, yet all of science, history, and theology must yield to the mystery of your love for us, which saves, restores, renews and is forever.

Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Illness, Lord God, for us, is so fearful. For you it is only a change in our situation, for neither flesh nor blood can inherit your kingdom. Your love alone, brings us together, forever. Hear our prayers for the suffering ____.

Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

The love of God has won. The new life has begun. Amen.

— written by Paul Sauer, and posted on the Lutheran Forum website.  Visit that site for other good lectionary-based resources.  http://www.lutheranforum.org/