Aug 12, 2013

Prayers of the People: Proper 19 C

Here’s a prayer of intercession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 19, Year C. It was written by Father Jeremiah Williamson.

Prayer of Intercession
(using Psalm 51: 10)

Let us implore the Lord our God praying,
Create in me a clean heart, O God, 
and renew a right spirit within me.”

We pray for leaders of the Church.  
May they serve as examples
to those who would come to believe in Christ for eternal life.  
May the Church place its hope in you, O God,
and not in human wisdom.

Silence

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

We pray for the leaders of the nations.  
May they show mercy and advocate for the rights of the people.  
May they, like Moses, seek the greater good rather than their own interests. 

Silence

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

We thank you for all you created.  
We thank you that your Son Jesus Christ rejoiced in your creation—
telling stories about sheep, praying in the wilderness and walking on the sea.  
May we also appreciate the works of your hands.

Silence

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

We pray for the people in our lives.  
May we learn to love the stiff-necked, the sinners
and all those in great need of your mercy.  
Make us instruments of your peace.

(Allow the congregation to add their petitions and thanksgivings,
followed by Silence.)

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

We pray for the sick, the anxious and the sorrowful.  
Make them hear of joy and gladness,
that broken bodies and broken spirits may rejoice.  

Silence

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

We trust to your mercy, O God, all who have died.  
May they rest eternally in your peace.  
To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, our God,
be honor and glory forever and ever.

Silence

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

~ written by Father Jeremiah Williamson, and posted on Praying the Scriptures. http://jeremiahwilliamson.blogspot.ca/