Prayers for the Last Sunday after Epiphany – Year B (BCP)

Readings: Psalm 27:1-11; 1 Kings 19:9-18; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Mark 9:2-9

In faith, let us pray to the Lord, saying…

Jesus, light of the world
May the whole earth know your brightness.

Lord, you are our light and our salvation;
Whom then shall we fear?
You are the strength of our life;
Of whom then shall we be afraid?
We confess that we often feel surrounded by enemies
And overwhelmed by defeat.
In the midst of our distress, we look in confidence to you alone, O Lord.
We come to you in your dwelling place.
We hide in the shelter and security of your presence.
Your face, O Lord, we would seek.

Silence

Jesus is the light of the world
May the whole earth know his brightness.

We pray for the world,
For the many people who do not yet know you,
For those who scoff or think lightly of the precious name of Jesus,
And for those who have forsaken belief in you.
Lord Christ, you are the Holy One of God.
The beloved Son of the Father,
In whom he is well pleased.
May all nations listen to you
And give you right and due honor and glory.

I invite your prayers for specific countries and individuals in need of the Gospel.

Silence

Jesus, light of the world
May the whole earth know your brightness.

We lift our voices with your worldwide church,
And we praise you that you have revealed yourself to your people.
We confess that, as your church, we are often fearful,
And we sometimes feel that we alone have been faithful.
Strengthen our weak wills, merciful Lord,
That we might run hard the race set before us,
And grant us grace that we might, in faith, look to you only, Lord Jesus.
We trust your eternal purposes for your church.
We rejoice that we belong to a great fellowship of faithful believers.
We sing and make music to you, for you have heard your people’s prayers,
And you will fulfill all that concerns us.

I invite your prayers for the faithful witness of the worldwide church.

Silence

Jesus, light of the world
May the whole earth know your brightness.

We pray for the poor, the oppressed, the hungry, and the sick;
The broken and despairing;
The lonely and those afflicted by doubt and fear.
We think of orphans and widows, prisoners and slaves,
Those struggling with addiction and pain.
The burden of the world is too great for us,
And the groaning of suffering too much for us to bear!
Have mercy on all that you have made, O Lord!
In your infinite compassion and wisdom,
Proclaim your rule of righteousness to the ends of the earth.
Lift up those who are bowed down,
Set their feet on sure ground,
That many would see and put their trust in you.
For you alone are the hope of the afflicted,
You alone are the one who restores all things.

I invite your prayers for all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit.

Silence

Jesus, light of the world
May the whole earth know your brightness.

We thank you for your church.
How beautiful is the bride of Christ, stretching back throughout the ages and across the world, crossing boundaries of time and place!
We remember now those who have gone before us, those who have died in the faith, trusting that they are in your care.

Silence

Jesus, light of the world
May the whole earth know your brightness.

Lord of all the earth, you have revealed to us the glory of your presence,
And, in your mercy, you have listened to our prayers.
You speak in our hearts and say, “Seek my face,”
Your face, Lord, will we seek.
We lay the upcoming week before you,
And commit all our cares and concerns into your hands.

Transform us, O Lord, to be a people who clearly and brightly reflect the light of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Through whom we humbly pray, Amen.

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2 thoughts on “Prayers for the Last Sunday after Epiphany – Year B (BCP)

  1. Pat says:

    Marissa, thanks so much for this. The past few days have been somewhat dark ones for me, and I truly appreciated these words:

    For you alone are the hope of the afflicted,
    You alone are the one who restores all things.

    Jesus, light of the world
    May the whole earth know your brightness.

  2. Aaron says:

    Beautifully done, Marissa. This is a particularly good week. I love the way you used the psalm to open and then a touch of it to close, putting us in the place of the psalmist. I also appreciated the prayerful commentary on Elijah’s emotions as well as the use of the significance of the transfiguration as Peter recalls it. And I know I have mentioned this before, but I think this closing statement is perfect. It is so full and yet so tight. Very nicely done:

    Transform us, O Lord, to be a people who clearly and brightly reflect the light of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    Through whom we humbly pray, Amen.

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