Here’s a pastoral prayer for Proper 13C from Rev Anne Paton on the Starters for Sunday website.
Almighty God, we come to you today in confidence, for this world in which we live is your world, brought into being through your love for all your people. And as we bring all our concerns before you, we know that you are waiting to hear us and to respond to us.
Lord, we pray that you will teach us all how to provide for our own lives, mindful of our own needs, yet also of the call of Christ to put our trust in him. Help us to spend our time and our money in a manner worthy of your kingdom of love.
Lord, make this church a place of generosity where people work together, giving all that they are and all that they have, so that the wonderful resources of our world may be better shared.
We pray today for people who wander through life, constantly seeking a purpose, a reason for living. We remember especially those who store up wealth for themselves believing that the road to happiness is through the accumulation of possessions. Help them to find in you, love, acceptance, and wholeness.
We make our prayers as part of our common life of worship and service to Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen
~ written by Rev Anne Paton, and posted on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday website. http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/15620/4_august_2013.pdf