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.