Prayers for the Third Sunday after Epiphany – Year B (RCL)

Readings: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:6-14; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31Mark 1:14-20

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

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

We wait for you alone, O Lord;
You are the solid rock in whom we put our trust.
The moments of our pilgrimage are fleeting,
And the cares and concerns of our days but a breath.
You are the eternal constant,
And we pour out our hearts before you.
Let all people everywhere wait for you alone, O Lord;
For in your word is the hope of 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 do not yet know you,
For those who scoff or think lightly of the precious name of Jesus,
And for those who have not received your word.
Lord Christ, you bring the kingdom of God among us.
Turn the hearts of all people to repentance,
That they may believe in the Gospel
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.
We long to serve you alone,
And offer you our lives – all that we are.
Help us to live faithfully in the lives to which you have called us.
Give Church of the Apostles your grace to shine forth your light to the people around us.

Silence

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

Behold, we come to you,
For you are the Lord our God.
Truly in you alone
Is the salvation of the whole world.
Bring the cleansing light of your presence into every area of our lives,
And reveal to us the idolatry and faithlessness of our own hearts.
Show us the sin we need to confess,
And teach us to seek you in truth, righteousness, and justice.
If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss,
O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you.
Therefore, may all nations fear you and be blessed.

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.

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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