Prayers for Proper 17, closest to August 31 – Year B (BCP)

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King of all the earth,
Creator of the universe,
Holy Triune God,
From everlasting to everlasting, you are Lord.

Blessed are you, O Lord, for you root us in the strength of your might;
The Lord is near to those who call upon him.

You have equipped us to stand firm against the evil one;
The Lord is near to those who call upon him.

Surround us with your belt of truth, and guard our hearts with the righteousness of Christ;
The Lord is near to those who call upon him.

Make our feet quick with the gospel of peace, and strengthen our faith at all times;
The Lord is near to those who call upon him.

Secure over our minds the truth of our salvation, and help us to hold fast to your word;
The Lord is near to those who call upon him.

I invite you to add your own praises to the Lord.

Silence.

You are worthy, Holy God, to receive all our praise.  We worship you in the glory of your perfect Trinity and ask for grace to steadfastly believe and proclaim your unity.

We pray for your holy catholic church;
Help us to persevere in prayer for all the saints.

Give us your words to proclaim the mystery of the gospel with boldness;
May our lips and hearts truly honor you.

Grant your church discernment to distinguish between the commandment of God and the tradition of men;
We long to be a community that is holy and without blemish before you.

We have received your grace and live daily in the gift of your salvation;
May we testify of your goodness to every generation.

We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons;
That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.

I invite you to add your own prayers for the worldwide church.

Silence.

Creator of the earth, you spoke the world into existence and sustain all things by your life giving word.  Consider the toil and sorrow of the people of the earth and, in your compassion, have mercy on the world.

We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;
That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

We pray for the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer;
For the refugees, prisoners, and all who are in danger;
Relieve and protect them, O Lord, and grant them eternal hope in you.

Teach us how to rightly steward the gift of your creation,
That the resources of the world would be used to your honor and glory.

I invite your prayers for the needs of the world.

Silence.

God of all love and peace, we come to you in faith, offering you access into every area of our lives.

We pray for this congregation:
May we keep our souls diligently;
Help us to hold fast to you alone. 

Keep us from adding or taking away from your word, which is our wisdom and understanding;
Teach us to do what is right.

May we be guileless, doers of good who love our neighbors; may we stand firm against wickedness, pursuing justice and fighting against wickedness;
Cleanse our hearts, O Lord, that our hearts may be near to you.

We look to you, Lord of all, mindful of our helplessness;
Glorify your name in the midst of our need.

I invite you to cast all your cares and concerns on the Lord, remembering that He cares for you.

Silence.

We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;
May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

We believe in you, Lord Christ.
We cry out to you, Father God.
We receive your witness, Holy Spirit.
Abide with us as we abide in you this week and always, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
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