Prayers for Proper 15 – Year C (RCL), Sunday closest to August 17

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

Sovereign Lord, you fill heaven and earth, and nothing in all of creation is hidden from your sight;
Arise, O God, and rule the earth with your justice.

You speak on behalf of the weak and the orphan, and you care for the humble and needy;
Arise, O God, and rule the earth with your justice.

You proclaim deliverance for the poor, freedom for the oppressed, and justice for the wicked;
Arise, O God, and rule the earth with your justice.

Who is like our God, the One who has compassion on all he has made?
Arise, O God, and rule the earth with your justice.

This is our God, the Holy One.
Come before him with thanksgiving and offer him the sacrifice of praise.

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

Silence.

How worthy you are, 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;
Purify us that we might speak your word faithfully.

Your word, O God, is like fire and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces;
Make us a people who revere and listen to your holy word.

Grant that every member of the church may truly and humbly serve you;
That your name may be glorified by all people.

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, remembering especially…

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,
Help us to run with endurance the race you’ve given us.

Strengthen our wills to cast aside the sin which clings so closely;
We steadfastly fix our eyes on you, Lord Christ.

Renew our endurance, O Lord, and quicken us to follow hard after you;
Mark us with your holiness, and so reveal your presence through our lives .

We receive your discipline with joy, trusting that you mean only good for us;
Strengthen us in our weakness to receive your healing.

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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