Feb 6, 2014

Prayer for the Church

Here’s a prayer of intercession for the church inspired by Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth.  It comes from the Roman Catholic tradition.

Prayer of Intercession
(inspired by 1 and 2 Corinthians)

The apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Corinthians to encourage them.
May we have the same hope as the Corinthian church
as we pray for the church of God
and for all people according to their needs.

Eternal God,
we thank you for calling us by name.
In you we live and move and grow.
We pray for churches and Christians throughout the world.
Remind us of our common foundation in Christ .
May we grow together in faith and in love,
until we attain that unity which is your will.
Build us together in Christ,
Make us your dwelling place.

Send down your Spirit
so that we may know Jesus and bear witness to our life and unity in him.
May we know the mind of Christ
in order to speak God’s wisdom everywhere.
Strengthen us to work towards peace and reconciliation
in church and society.
Build us together in Christ,
Make us your dwelling place.

We pray for all churches which are experiencing change –
growth or struggle, reconciliation or conflict.
Inspire and strengthen them in works of witness and service.
Build us together in Christ,
Make us your dwelling place.

We pray for those who have no home, no land,
no food, no work, no medicine, no peace.
May we recognize and serve Christ in the suffering and the needy.
Build us together in Christ,
Make us your dwelling place.

We thank you for all your gifts of creation.
Teach us to share with others our time, our energy,
our resources and our love.
Make us sensitive and responsive
to the wounds in the human family and creation.
May we be faithful to our calling and live a long life on earth.
May we give our whole life to Christ,
for we belong to him
and in him are united all things on earth and in heaven. Amen.