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

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Readings: Ecclesiasticus 10:(7-11)12-18; Psalm 112; Hebrews 13:1-8; Luke 14:1,7-14

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

You, O Lord, are merciful and full of compassion;
Happy are we when we fear the Lord and delight in his commands.

You desire your people to be generous and marked with justice;
Happy are we when we fear the Lord and delight in his commands.

We trust in the goodness of your commands;
Happy are we when we fear the Lord and delight in his commands

Who is like our God, the One who is full of righteousness and delights in justice?
Happy are we when we fear the Lord and delight in his commands.

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;
Thank you for giving us leaders who speak the word of God to us.

Help us to follow the good example of those who humbly obey you;
Teach us to humble ourselves and to serve the needy .

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, that you would show us how we can be hospitable to strangers:
May we be known for our brotherly love.  

Give us empathy and compassion for prisoners and those who are mistreated;
May we be known for our brotherly love.

Teach us how to honor marriage in a way that pleases you;
May we be known for our brotherly love.

Give us contentment and a freedom from the love of money;
May we be known for our brotherly love.

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the same yesterday and today and forever;
We will not fear, for you are our helper .

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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