Prayers 5 Epiphany Yr A

Prayer of the Church, 5th Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A

P: God of Justice: You are to be worshipped by acts of love and care for those who suffer from injustice. You have called us to free the oppressed; share our bread with the hungry; welcome and provide for the homeless poor; and clothe the naked. May your light shine in us: C: In your mercy, hear our prayer.

P: We praise you LORD our Righteousness: You bestow your blessing on those who are gracious, merciful, and righteous; who are generous and conduct their affairs with justice; those who remember the poor shall be blessed by the LORD.  May your light shine in us: C: In your mercy, hear our prayer.

P: God of Wisdom: The wisdom you gave your apostle Paul was Jesus Christ, and him crucified. You have given us your Holy Spirit so that our faith might rest not on human wisdom but on your power. Divine wisdom from your Spirit is greater than the perishable wisdom of this age or the rulers of this age. Help us Holy Spirit to understand and discern the gifts bestowed on us to serve your will and purposes. May your light shine in us: C: In your mercy, hear our prayer.

P: Jesus our Teacher: You have called us to be salt and light here on earth; make us ever mindful that we are your presence in the world and by so doing to live out our lives worthy of our calling. May your light shine in us: C: In your mercy, hear our prayer.

(Other prayers may be added here, ending with: May your light shine in us: C: In your mercy, hear our prayer.)

P: God of Every Land: We pray that you would endow grace upon Elizabeth our Queen, our Prime Minister and Members of Parliament, our Premier and Members of the Legislature, and the political leaders of the following nations: Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Yemen, and Cuba. Reform all who govern by corrupt means that justice and peace may prevail in these countries. May your light shine in us: C: In your mercy, hear our prayer.

P: In your mercy, LORD God, hear all our intercessions and thanksgivings; and grant us whatever may be in accord with your holy will and purposes; through Christ our Mediator who, with the Holy Spirit we worship and praise; one God, now and forever. ALL: Amen.

Prayers and Benediction Baptism of Our Lord, Yr A

Prayer of the Church, Baptism of Our Lord, Year A

P: LORD God: we worship and laud you for choosing your Servant. We long for the day when your Servant will bring forth and establish justice in the earth. We are astounded by the gentleness with which your Servant loves the weakest and most vulnerable: a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench. We are filled with gratitude, that your Servant has made a covenant of life with us and is a light to the nations: opening the eyes that are blind, and bringing out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. In your mercy: C: Hear our prayer.

P: God of heaven and earth: we ascribe glory and strength to you and worship you in holy splendour. Your voice speaks creation into being and is full of life and promise; for your LORD sit enthroned as king forever and bless your people with strength and peace. In your mercy: C: Hear our prayer.

P: God of Israel and the Gentiles: We thank you that you show no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears you and does what is right is acceptable to you. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, that we, like the apostle Peter, may be your faithful witnesses in our community and around the world; that Jesus is the judge of the living and the dead and everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness in his name. In your mercy: C: Hear our prayer.  

P: Heavenly Father: On this day we remember that Jesus was baptized by John to fulfill all righteousness; and your Spirit in the form of a dove descended and alighted on him as your heavenly voice spoke and said: “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” Today help us to remember our baptismal covenant and that you too have claimed us as your daughters and sons and are well pleased with us as we faithfully follow the way of Jesus by loving you and our neighbour. In your mercy: C: Hear our prayer.

P: Loving God: We pray for the governments and leaders of nations, including our own, in Canada: grant them wisdom and compassion as they work for peace and justice in the world. In your mercy: C: Hear our prayer.

(Other thanksgivings and intercessions may be offered here, ending with: In your mercy: C: Hear our prayer.)

P: Christ our Mediator: We repent of the many divisions within the whole Body of Christ; pour out your Spirit upon the Church universal, that all followers of Jesus may pray, work towards, and desire the unity of the Church, insofar as we are able; and in so doing, bear faithful witness to you and your gospel. In your mercy: C: Hear our prayer.

P: Christ our Healer: We pray for all who are sick, hospitalized, shut-in, lonely, depressed, and the dying and those in bereavement, whom we name out loud or, in the silence of our hearts, PAUSE: In your mercy: C: Hear our prayer.

P: All of these prayers and whatever else is in harmony with your holy will; we ask in the name of our Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. ALL: Amen.

Benediction

Now may God the Covenant-Maker; Christ the Beloved Son+ and Light to all nations; and the Life-Breathing Spirit bless you and remain with you always.

Prayer of the Church 4 Advent Yr A

Prayer of the Church, 4th Sunday of Advent, Year A

P: Advent God: We praise and thank you for the word of promise spoken long ago by your prophet Isaiah; as he bore the good news of the birth of Immanuel–so may we be bearers of the good news that Immanuel comes to be with us. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.

   P: Shepherd of Israel: Like your chosen people who suffered at the hands of their enemies and cried to you in times of exile; so we cry out to you in our suffering and when we live in the exile of our sin and the powers of evil that threaten to destroy us. Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.

   P: God of Prophets and Apostles: We praise and thank you for calling prophets like Isaiah and apostles like Paul who faithfully proclaimed your Word to Jews and Gentiles. We also thank and praise you for calling us to a life of faith; may your Spirit of holiness work in and through us to inspire us with your grace and peace to share wherever you have called us to serve you. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.

   P: Saviour of the World: We thank and praise you for the faithfulness of Joseph, who listened to and acted in faith as your messenger spoke to him in a dream; so may we be attentive to your messengers speaking to us that we too may act in faith to accomplish your divine purposes; trusting that Emmanuel-God is with us. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.  

   P: King of kings and Lord of lords: Grace the leaders of nations with your wisdom that they govern with justice, mercy, and peace; especially today we remember: Queen Elizabeth, our Prime Minister and Members of Parliament, our Premier and Members of the Legislative Assembly, our Mayor and Council Members, and the leaders and peoples of Haiti, Sudan, North and South Korea, Burma, and El Salvador. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.

   P: Great Physician: In love and mercy you stretch out your hands to heal those who suffer from all manner of illness and disease. We pray for all who are sick, shut-in, hospitalized, dying, mourning their dead, depressed or lonely, especially: [names]. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.

   (Additional thanksgivings and intercessions may be included here, ending with: God of love: C: Hear our prayer.)

   P: Into your loving care we commend all for whom we pray; trusting in your all-sufficient grace; through Jesus our Immanuel; who together with the Spirit of Holiness we worship and adore; one God, who comes to be with us in every age. ALL: Amen.

Prayer of the Church III Advent Yr A

Prayer of the Church, 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A

P: God of Reversals and New Life: We praise and thank you for the joyful vision that you gave your ancient prophet Isaiah. Nature reveals your glory and sings for joy whenever you restore it with new, abundant life. The weak and blind, the deaf and lame, the voiceless shall be healed and sing your praises. A highway for God’s redeemed people shall lead them to joyfully sing their way to Zion. God of mercy: C: Come, and fill us with your joy.

   P: God of All Generations: With joy we celebrate your rule over all of creation and your saving grace to the oppressed and the hungry; those in prison and the blind; those bowed down and the righteous; strangers, orphans and widows. May we also care for and love those most vulnerable in our midst. God of mercy: C: Come, and fill us with your joy.

   P: Most Patient God: In a fast-paced world of immediate gratifications, grant us patience and help us to learn from the ancient prophets and other people of faith who suffered and were patient by trusting in you at all times. God of mercy: C: Come, and fill us with your joy.

   P: Jesus our Coming Messiah: We, like John, at times struggle with doubts and are tempted to look in the wrong places to wait for someone other than you. Forgive us, set us straight, and remind us of your saving work whenever: the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. May we be blessed by not taking offense at you and, like John, during this Advent season, prepare to celebrate your coming. God of mercy: C: Come, and fill us with your joy.

   P: God of Israel and the Gentile Nations: Grant wisdom and grace to Queen Elizabeth, and the leaders of all nations; that they may govern with justice and work for peace—especially today we pray for the governments and Christian Churches in: Israel and Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, North and South Korea, Burma, Zimbabwe, and Sudan, as well as our nation, Canada. God of mercy: C: Come, and fill us with your joy.

   (Additional petitions and thanksgivings may be offered here, ending with: of mercy: C: Come, and fill us with your joy.)

   P: God of Mercy: With joy, humility and awe we appeal to you for your hearing of these and all other prayers that serve you and your holy purposes; through Jesus our Coming Messiah; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. ALL: Amen.     

Prayer of the Church II Advent Yr A

Prayer of the Church, 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A

P: God of Peace: We praise and thank you for the beautiful vision of Shalom that you gave your prophet Isaiah in ancient times and continues to inspire us today. A vision that foresees the stump and branch of Jesse ushering in perfect justice and righteousness; removing the sinful, aggressive nature in all of creation; abolishing war and violence; a time when they will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.

   P: God of Peace: In a world of greed, injustice and war; defend the cause of the poor; deliver the needy; crush all oppression and may your glory fill the whole earth. Bestow your grace upon our Queen, Elizabeth, our Prime Minister and Members of Parliament, our Premier and Members of the Legislative Assembly, our Mayor and City Council; and the governments of every nation; that they may be instruments of your justice and peace in the world. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.

   P: God of Peace: You deeply desire harmony and good will between your chosen people, the Jews and the Gentiles. Help us together, with one voice to glorify and praise your name as we worship you within these walls and through lives devoted to serving you. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.

   P: God of Peace: As John the Baptizer was the voice of one crying out in the wilderness to prepare his people for the way of the Lord; so, too, do we feel like lonely voices crying out in the wilderness filled with sin and evil all around us. Grant us the courage to be faithful in the face of adversity and unbelief. With your Holy Spirit’s power working in us, may we live out our baptismal covenant. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.

   P: God of Peace: During this season of Advent as we prepare for Christmas, may we care for the most needy and vulnerable in our midst, especially: the poor, widows and orphans, the unemployed, the homeless, those suffering from addictions, the prisoners, those struggling with loneliness and depression. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.

  (Here other petitions and thanksgivings may be included, ending with: Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.)

   P: God of Peace: All of these things and whatever else is needful and wholesome for us; we pray, in the name of Jesus who comes to reign as Prince of Peace. ALL: Amen.

Prayer of the Church I Advent Yr A

Prayer of the Church, I Advent, Year A

P: God of Judah, Jerusalem and all nations: As we begin a new church year, we offer you praise and thanks for every blessing so generously bestowed upon us. In particular, we thank you for the word of hope and peace that you revealed to your prophet Isaiah long ago; a word that fills us with awe and gratitude as we too long for the day when swords shall be beaten into ploughshares, and spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. And so, we pray: C: Amen, come Lord Jesus!

   P: Ancient of Days: In a world held hostage by terror and evil; injustice, conflict and war; we pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls. May there be peace between Jews and Palestinians; Israel and the neighbouring Arab countries; rich and poor; young and old; men and women. And so, we pray: C: Amen, come Lord Jesus!   

   P: God of Salvation: The night is far gone, the day is near; help us to live as people of light and day; as recipients of divine grace to model our lives after Jesus. And so, we pray: C: Amen, come Lord Jesus!

   P: God of Mystery: Over against false prophets, preachers and messiahs, Jesus you taught that only the Father knows the exact day and hour of when the end shall come. Help us to live in the hope that our ultimate future is in your loving hands and we do not have to live in fear of the end. Each day you give us is an opportunity to live life to the fullest; and in so doing, be prepared for the end. And so, we pray: C: Amen, come Lord Jesus!

   P: Sovereign Ruler: Grant wisdom and counsel to the leaders of every nation—that they may govern with peace and justice. Bless and protect especially Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma as they work for a more peaceful, just, and democratic society. In your all powerful providence, work among the leaders of North and South Korea to prevent war there. Protect and give hope to the millions of Christians around the world who are persecuted solely for their faith; especially today we remember Asia Bibi in Pakistan and Pastor Wang Xiaoguang in China. And so, we pray: C: Amen, come Lord Jesus!  

   P: God of Compassion: Look with mercy upon all who are sick, dying or mourning their dead, especially today we remember: [names]. Grant them comfort and healing of mind, body or spirit. And so, we pray: C: Amen, come Lord Jesus!

   P: As we celebrate Advent, may we be bearers of the hope of Jesus our coming Messiah at home, work school and wherever with go; as we pray these prayers and all of our prayers have mercy and hear us. And so, we pray: ALL: Amen, come Lord Jesus!

Prayers & Benediction Palm/Passion Sunday Yr C

Prayer of the Church, Palm/Passion Sunday, Year C

God our help in times of trouble and suffering: We praise and thank you for vindicating your Son, Jesus our Suffering Servant as he suffered and died on the cross. God of mercy: C: Hear our prayer.

Crucified Saviour: When the world had poured out all of its scorn and hatred and cruel punishment against you, and the powers of evil sought your ultimate destruction; you put all of your trust in the LORD your God for your deliverance. In the face of evil, may we also place all of our trust in the LORD our deliverer: God of creation: C: Your mercy is great.

Cross-bearing Christ: Grant us your attitude, mind-set, and spirit to learn that it is not in power but in weakness; not in pride but in humility; not in doing our own thing but in obedience to you that we discover the real meaning and purpose of our lives. We repent of our lust for power; our deceitful pride and selfishness which motivate us. Forgive us Jesus, that we may be more willing disciples; boldly confessing your Lordship over our lives and all of creation. God of creation: C: Your mercy is great.

God of all the suffering: You led your Son every step of the way through his suffering and crucifixion. Today we remember all who suffer in our community, province, nation and world—especially the people of Haiti, Chile, and Sudan; be their Source of comfort and strength by leading them through their suffering and forms of crucifixion. God of creation: C: Your mercy is great.

(Additional intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered here, ending with: God of creation: C: Your mercy is great.)

Saviour of the world: this day and Holy Week please guide and direct our hearts, souls, minds and lives to focus more clearly on your entry into Jerusalem and the events which unfolded during the last week of your life in the flesh here on earth. May your Holy Spirit enlighten, inspire and empower us concerning your Passion; giving us the will and courage to spread this wonderful message near and far. God of creation: C: Your mercy is great.

We pray all of these things in the name of our crucified Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. C: Amen.

Benediction

Now may God the mighty Creator; Christ the cross-bearing Saviour+; & the Holy Spirit who leads you into all truth bless & keep you now & forever.