Prayers for Proper 21 – Year C (RCL), closest to September 28

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

Eternal God, you keep our promise for ever;
Happy are we whose hope is in the Lord our God.

You give justice to those who are oppressed and food to those who hunger;
Happy are we whose hope is in the Lord our God.

You set the prisoners free and lift up those who are bowed down;
Happy are we whose hope is in the Lord our God.

Who is like our God, the One who cares for all people, the One who will reign forever and ever through all generations?
Happy are we whose hope is in the Lord our God.

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;
Equip us to be rich in good works as we set our hope on you alone.

You richly provide us with everything to enjoy;
Help us to gratefully be generous and ready to share.

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, remembering especially those who minister to the poor.

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 we would invest in eternal treasure:
Strengthen us to take hold of that which is truly life.  

Give us opportunity to care for the poor and needy;
Strengthen us to take hold of that which is truly life.

Help us to choose righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness;
Strengthen us to take hold of that which is truly life.

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light;
Strengthen us to take hold of that which is truly life.

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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Prayers for Proper 20 – Year C (RCL), closest to September 21

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

We will give thanks to you, O Lord, with our whole hearts, for your glory is above the heavens;
From the rising of the sun to it setting, we will praise the name of the Lord!

You raise the poor from the dust and lift the needy from the ash heap, transforming them with glory and honor;
From the rising of the sun to it setting, we will praise the name of the Lord!

You bring fruitfulness from barrenness and give homes to the solitary;
From the rising of the sun to it setting, we will praise the name of the Lord!

Who is like our God, the One who looks down from the heights on the heavens on the earth?
From the rising of the sun to it setting, we will praise the name of the Lord!

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;
May we lead peaceful and godly lives.

You, Lord Christ, gave yourself as a ransom for all, and are the only mediator between God and men;
May all people be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.

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 we would be people of prayer:
Satisfy us with your life-giving word.  

Give us opportunity to care for the poor and needy;
Satisfy us with your life-giving word.  

Reveal to us places where we act deceitfully or in anger;
Satisfy us with your life-giving word.  

Grant us faithfulness with all that you entrust to us;
Satisfy us with your life-giving word.  

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

We look to you, Lord of all, mindful of our helpless
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.

Prayers for Proper 19 – Year C (RCL), closest to September 14

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

You are merciful and full of loving-kindness and great compassion;
We will rejoice, for your grace, O Lord, has overflowed for us.

You have washed us thoroughly from our wickedness and cleansed us from our sin;
We will rejoice, for your grace, O Lord, has overflowed for us.

Against you alone have we sinned, and to you alone do we look for restoration;
We will rejoice, for your grace, O Lord, has overflowed for us.

Who is like our God, the One who takes away the iniquity of his people, the One who gives them clean hearts and right spirits?
We will rejoice, for your grace, O Lord, has overflowed for us.

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;
May we truly rejoice over repentant sinners.

You have lavished us with your mercy and purposed to save us sinners;
Display your perfect patience in us.

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 we would believe in and receive your grace:
Christ Jesus, fill us with your faith and love.  

We desire to love others, to joyfully accept all who would seek you;
Christ Jesus, fill us with your faith and love.

Reveal to us the false idols of our own hearts, and grant us grace to cast them down in repentance;
Christ Jesus, fill us with your faith and love.

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God;
To you be honor and glory forever and ever .

We look to you, Lord of all, mindful of our helpless
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.

Prayers for Proper 18 – Year C (RCL), closest to September 7

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

Your law brings life, O Lord, and we meditate on it day and night;
Happy are we when we walk in your ways, O Lord.

You are a rich stream of living waters, and we would immerse ourselves in you;
Happy are we when we walk in your ways, O Lord.

You bring forth fruit in due season and establish the work of our hands;
Happy are we when we walk in your ways, O Lord.

Who is like our God, the One whose ways are full of life?
Happy are we when we walk in your ways, O Lord.

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;
Refresh the hearts of the saints through us.

We desire that the world would know every good thing in us for the sake of Christ;
Make the sharing of our faith effective.

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 we would believe in the goodness of your commands:
Strengthen our wills to choose your life.  

We desire to love you, to obey your voice, and to hold fast to you all our days;
Strengthen our wills to choose your life.

Teach us the way of the cross and embolden us to accept the cost of discipleship;
Strengthen our wills to choose your life.

Lord Jesus Christ, you are with us in every detail of our circumstances;
Strengthen our wills to choose your life .

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.

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

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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.

Prayers for Proper 16 – Year C, (RCL), closest to August 24

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

You are merciful and gracious, O Lord, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

You forgive all our iniquities and heal all our diseases;
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

You redeem our lives from the pit and crown us with steadfast love and mercy;
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

You satisfy us with good and renew our youth like the eagles;
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

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;
Grant us ears to hear and accept your voice.

Thank you for giving us an eternal kingdom that cannot be shaken;
We offer you ourselves in reverence and awe.

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,
Straighten us up with your healing power that we might glorify God in all that we do.

You show us the meaning of justice, Lord Christ, as you poured yourself out for the afflicted and needy;
Help us to listen to your guidance and walk in your ways.

Lord Jesus Christ, you lived the meaning of the Sabbath;
Show us the delight in your redemptive work and strengthen our hands to join you in your kingdom work.

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.

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.