Prayers for the Second Sunday after Epiphany – Year A (BCP)

Readings: Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-10; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-41

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

Jesus is the light of the world

May the whole earth know his brightness.

Lord of all the earth, how magnificent is your name!  Your righteousness and faithfulness are declared throughout all eternity.  There is none like you, O Lord our God, and you are worthy of all praise, glory, and honor from every man, woman, and child.  May the greatness of your name be magnified in all nations.

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 have never heard of your salvation, for those who scoff or think lightly of  the precious name of Jesus, and for those who have not received your love and deliverance.  Have mercy on the world, O Lord, and fulfill your promise to claim the ends of the earth as your inheritance.

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

Silence

Jesus is the light of the world

May the whole earth know his brightness.

We join our voices with your worldwide church, where people together call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Thank you for giving your church every spiritual gift needed, for pouring out your grace on us in Christ Jesus.  We wholly depend on your faithfulness, O Lord, to sustain your church and to keep us blameless until the end.

I invite your prayers for the worldwide church.

Silence

Jesus is the light of the world

May the whole earth know his brightness.

May we proclaim your love and faithfulness boldly and joyfully, Lord, having received your matchless grace.  Help us to courageously proclaim with our mouths and our lives the lordship of Jesus.  We desire that others will hear and see our testimony and, beholding Jesus, follow hard after him.  Grant Church of the Apostles your grace to shine forth the light of Jesus to the people around us.

I invite your prayers for people who are not yet followers of Jesus.

Silence

Jesus is the light of the world

May the whole earth know his brightness.

We remember those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit.  Help them to wait patiently upon you, O Lord, the one who hears his people’s cries.  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 those who suffer.

Silence

Jesus is the light of the world

May the whole earth know his brightness.

We thank you for your church – for all who have been given your grace in Christ Jesus.  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.

I invite your thanksgivings for those who have died in the faith.

Silence

Jesus is the light of the world

May the whole earth know his brightness.

How we praise the glorious riches of your grace!  We thank you that it was too light a thing to only restore the people of Israel.  We gratefully receive your generosity in calling all nations to yourself.  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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