Opening Prayer: Proper 17 C

Here’s an opening prayer inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 17, Year C, especially Hebrews 13: 1-8, 15-16 and Psalm 81.  It was written by Moira B. Laidlaw.

Opening Prayer
(inspired by Psalm 81, Hebrews 13)

Holy God,
we praise you as the one who is the same
yesterday, today and forever.
Your yearning to shower blessings on your people has not changed.
As you delivered the people of old from slavery in Egypt,
so you deliver us from whatever enslaves us
through the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ.
He endured death so that he could nourish us
with the sweetest gift of all—his life.
Accept our praise and adoration, we pray,
for we offer them in Jesus’ name
and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen

~ written by Moira B. Laidlaw, and posted on Liturgies Online.