Prayers for the 4th Sunday in Lent – Year B (BCP)

Readings: 2 Chronicles 36:14-23; Psalm 122; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 6:4-15

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

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord God, you are compassionate and merciful,
And your great love toward us abounds forever.
In the midst of our rebellion and sin,
You sent your saving Word to revive us.
We praise the richness of your mercy,
And we rejoice in your lavish saving grace.
We will boast in you alone, Merciful Lord,
For your kindness toward us throughout the ages.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

You are the rightful Lord of the whole creation,
And you alone are worthy of the worship and service of all people.
May your kingdom come in the midst of unrest and war,
Set to rights our earth ridden with corruption and violence, brutality and suffering.
We commit into your care the plight of the world,
Asking that your life-giving Word would spread to every corner of the globe.

I invite you to pray for the world, remembering especially the people of Kenya, the Congo, Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan, and North Korea.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the bread of life,
The one whose very presence nourishes your church.
We gratefully receive your daily provision,
And we look to you to multiply the little we have,
So that our humble offerings and selves would be sufficient for the tasks you have set before us.
We desire to walk in the good works you have prepared for us,
That our lives might display the beauty of your gracious workmanship.
Strengthen your church to exalt you alone,
That all nations might be drawn to your life-giving presence.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We ask that your will be done in our lives and in the world.
We humble ourselves before you, praying for all that weighs heavily on our hearts as we remember our own cares and the needs of others.
We pray for those who suffer because of injustice and human evil.
We remember victims of abuse, slaves, prisoners, orphans, widows, and those captive to addictions and despair.
We pray for the depressed, the lonely and forgotten, for those weighed down by anxiety and guilt, and for anyone whose spirit has been crushed and deeply wounded.
We remember the starving, the sick, the poor, the homeless, the terminally ill, and those crippled by pain and infirmity.
The groaning of the world is too much for us to bear.
Come quickly to us, Lord Jesus, you who took on flesh and understand all our pain.
Let us drink deeply of the peace of your presence.

I invite you to pray for the needs of others.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We ask that you would sustain us this week,
And we trust that you are present with us every day.
Give us a hunger for your word,
And help us to make space to listen to you.
We confess our need for you:
For your wisdom and guidance,
For your protection and provision,
For your help and comfort.
In every area of our lives we need you, Lord,
And we ask that you would be our daily portion.

I invite your prayers for the upcoming week..

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord, you know us through and through.
Look in the deep places of our beings, and create in us clean hearts.
Give us a right abhorrence for our own sins.
Help us to be alert and self-controlled,
That we may flee the snares of our enemy.
Reveal areas of unconfessed sin,
And give us godly sorrow that leads to repentance.
Show us where we have withheld forgiveness,
And, because of your great mercy, grant us grace to forgive others.
Deliver us from evil, Merciful Father,
And sustain us with your gracious and bountiful Spirit.

I invite your prayers for repentance and perseverance.

Silence

Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We thank you for your church,
For all who have been given your grace in Christ Jesus.
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.

I invite your thanksgivings to God for those who have died in the faith.

Silence

Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Holy God, you dwell among your people,
And our hearts are full of gratitude for your closeness.
Who is like you, O Lord?
Your majesty astounds us,
Your holiness overwhelms us,
And yet, in your mercy you draw near to us.
You have established your city,
And you have given your people security.
We rest in the peace of your presence
And give thanks to your holy Name
 Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

1st Sunday of Advent, Year A

Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 24:37-44

Our Lord, having confessed with our mouths the creed, we meditate upon you in our hearts.  You are the Creator of all things, the Ruler of all nations, an eternal God who holds all things together.  You have come to us in humility and poverty.  You have come to us despite our sin, in the face of our brokenness and rejection of you, in the midst of our often misdirected attempts to please you.  Grant us grace to receive your coming, to make space in our lives to welcome you this Advent.

Silence.

And so we pray, waiting for you to come to us, offering you access into every area of our lives:

We pray for the Church worldwide.  May we continue to grow up in every aspect into the fullness of Jesus, the head of the Church.  Grant us grace to live faithful lives, that we may be alert and actively putting on the Lord Jesus. Help us to see opportunities to love our neighbors, and may the world recognize your Church by the love we have for one another.  Grant Church of the Apostles wisdom to follow you obediently in all our endeavors, and we ask you to establish the work of our hands, especially…

Silence.

We pray that the nations will seek you because of the witness of your Church, and that all people would desire to know You.  Teach the leaders of the nations your ways, O Lord, that there may be justice and peace throughout the earth.

We think of all the areas in the world that are torn by war, disease and hunger; that are overridden by corruption and injustice; places where the poor and oppressed cry out.  Hear us as we remember them, O Lord, for you are a God who listens to His people’s cry.

Consider the groaning of all creation as we wait for your coming and eagerly long for Your justice.  Until then, grant us wisdom to steward your earth responsibly: to care for the creatures you have made and to live in harmony with your handiwork.  Help us to be faithful intercessors for all these things, calling to our minds this week the welfare of the world, especially….

Silence.

We pray for the needs of our community here in Columbia.  Grant us discernment to minister your love and truth to those around us.  Grow in us a greater love for our neighbors, our classmates and coworkers, our families, friends, and enemies.  Help us to live in such a way that we are alert and ready for Your coming, aware of your presence in the every day details of our lives, especially…

Silence.

O Lord, our hearts are overwhelmed as we consider the suffering and trouble all around us.  Grant us the mind of Christ to look on pain and still trust in Your character, that we might courageously believe in the midst of the brokenness and pain all around us.  Give us compassion and a mindfulness of others as they suffer in body, mind, and spirit.  Enable us to offer words and deeds of comfort and truth, knowing you to be the One who comes to us, even in the midst of suffering.  All men and women belong to you, and we commit to your care those in pain, especially…

Silence.

We trust your Word, that Jesus is the firstborn among many brethren, that those who have died in Christ will also live with Him.  We entrust to your continual care our brothers and sisters who have died in the faith, especially…

Silence.

We are thankful for these lives and examples of faithfulness, even as we mourn the separation of death.  Grant us grace to hope in the midst of our sadness and grief.  Help us to believe your promise of eternal life and, so believing, to eagerly await the return of Jesus.

You are trustworthy and gentle with us, O Lord, and your love for us never fails.  Draw us near to you this week, enfolding us in your encompassing presence.  In our incompleteness, in our longing, come to us and abide with us.  Make your home with us as we learn to abide in you, through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Prayers for the First Sunday of Advent – Year A (BCP)

Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 24:37-44

Our Lord, having confessed with our mouths the creed, we meditate upon you in our hearts.  You are the Creator of all things, the Ruler of all nations, an eternal God who holds all things together.  You have come to us in humility and poverty.  You have come to us despite our sin, in the face of our brokenness and rejection of you, in the midst of our often misdirected attempts to please you.  Grant us grace to receive your coming, to make space in our lives to welcome you this Advent.

Silence.

And so we pray, waiting for you to come to us, offering you access into every area of our lives:

We pray for the Church worldwide.  May we continue to grow up in every aspect into the fullness of Jesus, the head of the Church.  Grant us grace to live faithful lives, that we may be alert and actively putting on the Lord Jesus. Help us to see opportunities to love our neighbors, and may the world recognize your Church by the love we have for one another.  Grant Church of the Apostles wisdom to follow you obediently in all our endeavors, and we ask you to establish the work of our hands, especially…

Silence.

We pray that the nations will seek you because of the witness of your Church, and that all people would desire to know You.  Teach the leaders of the nations your ways, O Lord, that there may be justice and peace throughout the earth.

We think of all the areas in the world that are torn by war, disease and hunger; that are overridden by corruption and injustice; places where the poor and oppressed cry out.  Hear us as we remember them, O Lord, for you are a God who listens to His people’s cry.

Consider the groaning of all creation as we wait for your coming and eagerly long for Your justice.  Until then, grant us wisdom to steward your earth responsibly: to care for the creatures you have made and to live in harmony with your handiwork.  Help us to be faithful intercessors for all these things, calling to our minds this week the welfare of the world, especially….

Silence.

We pray for the needs of our community here in Columbia.  Grant us discernment to minister your love and truth to those around us.  Grow in us a greater love for our neighbors, our classmates and coworkers, our families, friends, and enemies.  Help us to live in such a way that we are alert and ready for Your coming, aware of your presence in the every day details of our lives, especially…

Silence.

O Lord, our hearts are overwhelmed as we consider the suffering and trouble all around us.  Grant us the mind of Christ to look on pain and still trust in Your character, that we might courageously believe in the midst of the brokenness and pain all around us.  Give us compassion and a mindfulness of others as they suffer in body, mind, and spirit.  Enable us to offer words and deeds of comfort and truth, knowing you to be the One who comes to us, even in the midst of suffering.  All men and women belong to you, and we commit to your care those in pain, especially…

Silence.

We trust your Word, that Jesus is the firstborn among many brethren, that those who have died in Christ will also live with Him.  We entrust to your continual care our brothers and sisters who have died in the faith, especially…

Silence.

We are thankful for these lives and examples of faithfulness, even as we mourn the separation of death.  Grant us grace to hope in the midst of our sadness and grief.  Help us to believe your promise of eternal life and, so believing, to eagerly await the return of Jesus.

You are trustworthy and gentle with us, O Lord, and your love for us never fails.  Draw us near to you this week, enfolding us in your encompassing presence.  In our incompleteness, in our longing, come to us and abide with us.  Make your home with us as we learn to abide in you, through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.