Sep 15, 2013

Prayers of the People: Proper 23C

Here’s a corporate prayer of intercession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 23, Year C.  It was written by Fr. Rick Morley’s A Garden Path blog.

Prayers of the People
(inspired by Psalm 66: 1-12, 2 Kings 5:1-15,
2 Timothy 2:8-15, Luke 17:11-19)

Lord Jesus,
if we have died with you, we will live with you;
if we endure, we will reign with you;
we pray to you for all the needs and
concerns on our minds and hearts,
knowing that you always remain faithful.

Lord, we pray for the church,
that we might do our best to present ourselves to God
as one approved by him.
(We pray especially for… church leaders…
and all the people of God.)

Jesus, Master,
Have mercy on us.

O God, in your might you rule forever,
and your eyes keep watch over the nations.
We pray for our nation, our community, and all in authority.

Jesus, Master,
Have mercy on us.

Gracious God, all the earth bows down before you,
and sings out your name.
We pray for the nations of the earth,
that your peace may protect us all.

Jesus, Master,
Have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus, as you healed the ten lepers between Galilee and Samaria,
we pray that you would heal those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit,
especially ________.

Jesus, Master,
Have mercy on us.

You hold our souls in life, O God,
and you will not allow our feet to slip.
We pray for those we love
(and we especially remember today
those who celebrate their birthdays… anniversaries…).  
Give them your grace.

Jesus, Master,
Have mercy on us.

O God, we remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead,
a descendant of David;
and we remember before you those who have died,
(especially…)
that they may rest with Christ in eternal glory.

Jesus, Master,
Have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus, in your faithfulness to us,
you shower us with grace, mercy, love, and all we need;
we pray that you would shape our hearts
that they would be filled with gratitude,
that we might always return to you and give you thanks. Amen.

~ written by Fr. Rick Morley, and posted on A Garden Path. http://www.rickmorley.com/archives/228