Sep 4, 2013

Pastoral Prayer: Proper 21 C

Here’s a pastoral prayer inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 21, Year C, including Luke 16: 19-31 and 1 Timothy 6: 6-19. It was written by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild.

Prayer of Petition and Intercession
(inspired by Luke 16: 19-31 and 1 Timothy 6: 6-19)

Lord, your word tells us that there is great good in godliness combined with contentment; that as we brought nothing into this world, so we can take nothing out of it.  Help us, dear Lord, to be content with what we have; to seek heavenly treasures rather than those things of this world which rust corrodes and moths consume.  Grant that we might be people who share the wealth that you have provided; that we might be ones who share both the bread and wine of earth and the bread and wine of heaven... 

Lord hear our prayer...

Father, we especially pray today for those who like Lazarus are ignored or neglected and left to suffer in our world; those who live in poverty within our town and province, and those who lie in great suffering at the gates of our nation.....  

O God, bind your people together and make us bright and shining witnesses to your compassion and your grace as they are revealed in the law and the prophets and in Christ Jesus, the one you raised from the dead....  

Lord hear our prayer...

Hear too, we pray, the petitions and the intercessions of our hearts for those who govern and are in authority; for those who lost in sin and despair; for those who need healing; and for those who seek to serve as Jesus served..  We especially hold before you today (bidding prayers)

Lord hear our prayer....

We ask these things and we give you our thanks and praise, and our minutes and our days, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who taught us to pray as one family, saying Our Father….

~ written by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild, and posted on Kir-shalom. http://www.rockies.net/~spirit/sermons/c-or26sesn.php