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

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

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

O Lord, we cry out to you with loud supplication.
We pour out our hearts before you,
And tell you all our trouble.
When we are distressed,
When we feel pursued and cut off from help,
When we feel imprisoned and lonely,
Deliver us from foes too strong for us,
That we may give thanks to your Name.
You are the only true refuge,
Our portion in the land of the living.
We declare it in the company of the righteous:
Indeed, you have dealt bountifully with us.

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 not listened to your teaching.
Lord Christ, you are the Holy One of God.
One who heals the sick and delivers the oppressed,
And your words give life to all who listen.
May all nations encounter your healing and life-giving presence
And follow you alone.
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 bought us at great price, Lord Christ.
Inflame our indifferent hearts with the necessity of preaching your gospel,
And strengthen our weak wills to be good stewards of your message.
We want to follow Paul’s example ,
To become servants of all,
That we might share the gospel and its blessings with all people.

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.

We lay the upcoming week before you, Lord God,
And commit all our cares and concerns into your hands.
Give us an awareness to seize moments to come away and be with you,
To follow your example and seek prayer in the midst of many demands.
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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