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Prayers of the People (2) | Easter Sunday (Year C)

These prayers are adapted from a version used by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Evanston, IL in 2006

The leader of the Intercessions stands in the middle of the congregation. The people respond to the prayers as indicated.

Rejoicing in the mighty acts of God who has delivered his people from sin and death through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Let us lift our voices and pray,

Risen Lord,
Hear our Prayer.

Let us give thanks to God for the multitude of blessings he showers upon us:

For our lives and for those whom we love,
For the beauty of this home God has created for us,
For our families and our friendships,
Let us give thanks to the God of Life.

Special intentions are offered silently or aloud.

Risen Lord,
Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for the Church, that it may carry forward the redemptive works of God:

For our clergy and our bishops,
For the many lay people who serve the church,
And serve the world through the church.
For those gather here in worship and prayer.

Special intentions are offered silently or aloud.

Risen Lord,
Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for the newly baptized, that the joy of Easter may ever grow within them, and that the Spirit may guide them in lives of active faith.

Special intentions are offered silently or aloud.

Risen Lord,
Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for the nations and peoples of the world, that the powers that oppress and destroy may decline, And that justice, peace, and prosperity be lifted up.

Special intentions are offered silently or aloud.

Risen Lord,
Hear our Prayer.

Let us pray for those who are sick, those who suffer, those who struggle: and who have died:

That the hope born of Easter give them peace, acceptance and renewal, And that through their struggles they may come into closer communion with the God who redeems and restores.

Special intentions are offered silently or aloud.

Risen Lord,
Hear our Prayer.

The celebrant adds a concluding collect.

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Prayers of the People (1) | Easter Sunday (Year C)

The following Prayers of the People is by Carol Penner via re:Worship.

God of the bright and morning star,
God of the rising sun,
God of darkness banished,
we praise and worship you!
For empty tombs: thank you!
For disciples running with good news: thank you!
For your presence, alive, powerful, resurrected: thank you!
We celebrate your victory over death,
over all the powers that would defeat us.

Help us to grasp resurrection;
to understand its power,
to see its force at work in our world,
overturning evil empires,
changing the hatred within us,
moving the world slowly, forcefully,
bending us towards love and truth.

On this day of great gladness
empower us to be your ambassadors,
proclaiming good news.
Good news in our kitchens and living rooms,
good news in the offices and workshops
good news in the fields and factories
Help us to be that good news,
walking softly on this good earth
caring gently for all people,
living hopefully into your kingdom.

Today we think of all who are grieving, especially…
[name those who are grieving]
and for the sick and dying….
[name those who are ill]
for places in the world that are torn by war and bloodshed…
[name countries at war]

In this world of broken hopes and dreams
we catch sight of your kingdom come,
in the person of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns in us forever. Amen.

~ written by Carol Penner, and posted on her Leading in Worship blog. http://carolpenner.typepad.com/leadinginworship/ Visit that site for other great worship resources.

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Prayers of the People | Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

From Feasting on the Word – Worship Companion, edited by Kimberly Bracken Long.

In peace let us pray to the Lord saying,
Lord have mercy.

For the church throughout the world,
that all Christians may embody the reconciling love of Christ,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the nations of the world and its leaders,
that all may dwell in peace
and that justice may be tempered by mercy,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the planet Earth, God’s gift to humankind,
that all may share wisely its resources
and conserve its riches for our children’s children,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For our enemies,
that we may regard them with the reconciling love
made manifest in Christ,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For those who are sick or in trouble,
for the defenseless, the weak, and the poor,
that they may be restored to wholeness of life and livelihood,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the lost,
for those who have abandoned God, friends, or family,
and for those who have never known such love,
that they may come to know the joy of love’s embrace,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

Loving God, hear the prayers of your people
for the sake of our world,
and our Savior Jesus Christ, through whom we pray.
Amen.

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Prayers of the People (A) | Third Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Let us pray to our God saying
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Holy God, you knew us before we took our first breath.
You uttered your living Word and brought forth light, love, and life.
You gathered us from the dust of the earth and called us your people.
You sent us into the world to proclaim your mighty and wondrous deeds.
You are with us even now as we continue our call.
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Mighty God, you have done great things; who is like you?
You alone are our rock of refuge.
You alone are our strong fortress.
You alone are our hope and in you alone is our trust.
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Merciful God, your love never ends.
We confess to you that we do not always share your love as we should.
Where you have called us to live as one body, we exist as divided members.
Where you have called us to give our Spirit-given gifts, we ignore your call.
Where you have called us to forgive, we have forgotten your mercy.
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Gracious God, do not be far from us!
Strengthen us that we might be givers of your grace and
may your steadfast love be known to all of your children.
Send your Holy Spirit to empower our hands to
clothe the naked, feed the hungry, and love all as you have first loved us.
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Loving God, hear today the prayers that we lift up to you.
Be with those of us who are [name of community].
Give us hearts of courage and songs of your grace
to tell others of your righteous acts and deeds of salvation.
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Abundant God, be with those of us that yearn for your restoration and healing.
Today, we ask your blessing upon [list names of those in need of healing].
We who are [name of community] also lift up to you those who we bring before you
with our lips or within our hearts…
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Faithful God, your power and your righteousness reach the heavens.
Hear us, your servants, as we follow you to the day when
faith, hope, and love will be upon the lips of all of us, your children.
These things we pray in the name of your Son who taught us to pray saying…

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Prayers of the People | Second Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Let us pray to God saying:
gracious and merciful God,
may your goodness shine upon us.

Holy God,
you are our light and our salvation,
the stronghold of our lives.
Our confidence is in you who created us
and creates us anew even this day.
On this journey to the cross,
show us the guidance and grace
that you so abundantly have given
to those who have gone before us.
Gracious and merciful God,
may your goodness shine upon us.

God of the cross,
we are no strangers to trials and tribulations.
When we are tempted to give in to fear
and to give in to the evil that assails us,
strengthen our hearts and steady our gaze
upon your Son who goes with us in this wilderness.
May we not forget the brilliance of his transfigured face
and the power of his healing touch
as we traverse this Lenten journey.
Gracious and merciful God,
may your goodness shine upon us.

God of all goodness and grace,
your light shines in the darkness
and illumines the path ahead.
Do not hide your face from us
but turn to us, your servants,
as we are gathered and sent in the name of your Son.
Send your Spirit into this place
that we might do the work of his church
and carry the good news of the gospel
to every corner of the earth.
Gracious and merciful God,
may your goodness shine upon us.

God of life,
we pray this day for your children in places
that cry out for your goodness and your grace.
We who are [name of community] pray this day
for your presence to be made known
in those places where justice is needed
and violence is far too commonplace.
Empower us to speak your Word
in the wilderness of this World.
Gracious and merciful God,
may your goodness shine upon us.

God who hears our every cry,
we pray this day for [prayer concerns of the community].
Hear us as we pray,
either within our hearts or upon our lips,
those we hold this day in prayer…
Gracious and merciful God,
may your goodness shine upon us.

Holy God,
hear our prayers this day
and renew our hearts for the journey ahead
as we pray the prayer you taught us to pray saying:
Our Father, who art in heaven…

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Prayers of the People | Transfiguration Sunday (Year C)

Let us pray to our God saying
Holy God, lead us on the journey forward.

Creating God, you called your servants Adam and Eve on a journey to live.
You called your servants Abraham and Sarah on a journey to trust.
You called your servants Ruth and Naomi on a journey to love.
You called your servants David and Solomon on a journey to lead.
You called your servants Ezra and Nehemiah on a journey to rebuild.
For as long as you have spoken you have called us to a journey.
Holy God, lead us on the journey forward.

Your Son called his disciples to follow him on a journey to the cross;
a road to save, a road to heal, a road to love.
He called his disciples to a mountain where you sealed him with your light;
a light to sustain him for the long road ahead.
You call us to walk with him on that same road.
Holy God, lead us on the journey forward.

Your Holy Spirit called the church to proclaim your word of life.
Women and men, young and old, all were called and all were commissioned.
We who are [name of worshiping community] are part of that same journey.
The journey of Moses, the journey of Elijah, the journey of Christ,
each was a response to your call and we pray for the courage to do the same.
Holy God, lead us on the journey forward.

Gracious God, we thank you for this mountain. We thank you for this light.
We, your people, stand in awe of your brilliance and your magnificence.
You alone are our God and you alone are our light in the darkness.
We, your people, thank you for your presence with us on this holy mountain.
Holy God, lead us on the journey forward.

Healing God, we thank you for the valley ahead. We thank you for your guidance.
We, your people, are no strangers to valleys and we pray for your presence
for those of us in valleys of all kind.
Valleys of….
Holy God, lead us on the journey forward.

God of all grace, we pray especially this day for….
Holy God, lead us on the journey forward.

These things we pray in the name of your Son who taught us to pray saying…

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Prayers of the People for Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (Year C)

Let us pray to our God saying
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Holy God, you knew us before we took our first breath.
You uttered your living Word and brought forth light, love, and life.
You gathered us from the dust of the earth and called us your people.
You sent us into the world to proclaim your mighty and wondrous deeds.
You are with us even now as we continue our call.
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Mighty God, you have done great things; who is like you?
You alone are our rock of refuge.
You alone are our strong fortress.
You alone are our hope and in you alone is our trust.
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Merciful God, your love never ends.
We confess to you that we do not always share your love as we should.
Where you have called us to live as one body, we exist as divided members.
Where you have called us to give our Spirit-given gifts, we ignore your call.
Where you have called us to forgive, we have forgotten your mercy.
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Gracious God, do not be far from us!
Strengthen us that we might be givers of your grace and
may your steadfast love be known to all of your children.
Send your Holy Spirit to empower our hands to
clothe the naked, feed the hungry, and love all as you have first loved us.
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Loving God, hear today the prayers that we lift up to you.
Be with those of us who are [name of community].
Give us hearts of courage and songs of your grace
to tell others of your righteous acts and deeds of salvation.
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Abundant God, be with those of us that yearn for your restoration and healing.
Today, we ask your blessing upon [list names of those in need of healing].
We who are [name of community] also lift up to you those who we bring before you
with our lips or within our hearts…
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Faithful God, your power and your righteousness reach the heavens.
Hear us, your servants, as we follow you to the day when
faith, hope, and love will be upon the lips of all of us, your children.
These things we pray in the name of your Son who taught us to pray saying…

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