May 31, 2012

Prayers of the People: Proper 6 B

Here’s a prayer of intercession for the third Sunday after Pentecost, Year B (June 17, 2012).  It was written by Paul Sauer.

Prayer of Intercession: Proper 6 B

Lord God, you insert yourself into the affairs of humankind through Jesus, the Messiah, because no earthly leaders are able to redeem the world you love so deeply. You have spoken. You will accomplish it.
Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Heavenly Father, even as you planted the majestic cedar tree and made it tall, so you also have brought us forth to bear fruit, in every age---even in old age.
Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Lord Jesus Christ, help us look at you and others with the spiritual eyes of faith, knowing that we are your new creation. Even as you died and rose for us, urge us to live and care for others.
Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

You kingdom, Lord God, is a seed-planting kingdom. Help the kernel of life in every shell of every single body gathered here for worship, split and sprout like seed in good soil, always looking forward to your day of harvest.
Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Holy Spirit, nations and leaders rise and fall like trees in a storm. In this age give us the wisdom to depend upon God's holy promises and commands, as our primary guides in life.
Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Help us minister to those who need their health restored, their hope invigorated, their love rekindled. Bring us a joy greater than happiness, a love beyond imagination, and may our last illness bring us to your throne of grace. Hear us as we pray for one another _____.
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.  http://www.lutheranforum.org/