Monthly Archives: January 2013

Prayers for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Celebrating the coming of the One who brings the reign of God to all people, let us pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, Lord, in your mercy, and responding, Hear our prayer.

[Brief pause]

God of the unexpected, in spite of his age, you called Jeremiah to speak.  Use us, in spite of our excuses, to say what you ask us to say, and to say it with compassion.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the unexpected, we would rather use power to make things come out the way we want, yet you call us to love.  Help us embrace our vulnerability, and share your promise without force.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the unexpected, we crave the familiar and the comfortable.  Set us free from our expectations.  Enable us to embrace the new thing you are doing.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the unexpected, we want to be taken care of, yet you call us to care for others.  We want to hear that we are special, yet you call us to treat others as special.  Release us from our selfishness, that we may be the servants you have created us to be.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the unexpected, you come in the middle of all that would deny you: suffering, illness, war, hunger, death.  Use your people to reach out to the isolated, the sick, the poor, and all whom we name before you now.
[Long pause]
May the reign of your healing justice come among us.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the unexpected, forgive our anger at your surprises.  Help us learn what we need to learn from our discomfort, and strengthen us to grow into what you have in mind for us.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who shines in the darkness, receive these prayers and the prayers of our hearts, in the name of the one who is your light, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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Prayers of the People for Epiphany 3

Celebrating the coming of the One who brings the reign of God to all people, let us pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, Lord, in your mercy, and responding, Hear our prayer.

[Brief pause]

God who speaks light into being, shine on us.  Shine in us.  Shine through us.  Shine brightly, so that the world may know your care.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who speaks love into being, guide us into becoming the loving people you have called us to be.  Help us to reach out to our neighbours, especially those who are not loved, and not welcomed.  We remember specifically the native peoples who share this land with us.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who speaks life into being, increase our wonder at your good creation.  May its awesomeness inspire us to care for air, land, water, plants, animals and insects.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who speaks hope into being, send us as messengers of expectation.  May we look for your presence in the hard places of life; may we see you in the darkness; may we work with you as you bring your reign to our reality.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who speaks health into being, use our hands to bring healing to the sick, our presence to bring comfort to the isolated, our voices to bring your word of promise to the hopeless, especially those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who speaks community onto being, you call us together so we may learn the joy of service.  Free us from seeing your gifts as the goal.  Strengthen our faith to use them for the good of others.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who shines in the darkness, receive these prayers and the prayers of our hearts, in the name of the one who is your light, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayers for the Baptism of our Lord

Celebrating the coming of the One who brings the reign of God to all people, let us pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, Lord, in your mercy, and responding, Hear our prayer.

[Brief pause]

God of light and darkness, through water and Word you shine your light into the darkness of our lives.  We give thanks for this incredible gift.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of love and hate, your love comes in spite of our animosity; you bring reconciliation to those who are divided.  We pray for better relations between Canada and its native peoples.  Strengthen us to be peacemakers.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope and fear, you walk with us through the challenges which surround us.  Wash away our anxiety by your promised presence, and set us free from despair.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of church and world, in baptism you unify yourself with our world, and bring your reign into being.  Keep us from seeing your love as a hiding place.  Motivate us to infuse the world with your justice.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of health and illness, there is nothing that separates us from your love.  Inspire us to bring your health to the sick, your encouragement to the discouraged, your promise to the dying, especially those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of life and death, all that exists is from you, and for you.  Enable us to trust your baptismal promise, and serve this hurting world.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who shines in the darkness, receive these prayers and the prayers of our hearts, in the name of the one who is your light, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayers for the Sunday of the Epiphany

Celebrating the coming of the One who brings the reign of God to all people, let us pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, We pray, and responding, Hear us, God of light.

[Brief pause]

Loving God, the sun and moon, stars and galaxies shine with your love for all you have made.  That our life together may be a celebration of your good creation, We pray,
Hear us, God of light.

Loving God, your light shines on all people: Jew and Gentile, Lutheran and atheist, native and immigrant, Canadian and Indonesian.  That we may become more aware of your light in this world, We pray,
Hear us, God of light.

Loving God, your love and care shines into our darkness, creating danger, calling for decision, bringing life.  That we may be open to the risk of discipleship, and the threat of faith, We pray,
Hear us, God of light.

Loving God, you bring healing where there is illness, hope where there is despair, life where there is death.  That we would be your willing hands and feet, carrying the gifts of your love to those in need, especially those whose difficulties we are carrying now, whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
We pray,
Hear us, God of light.

Loving God, your light shines on us so that it may shine through us.  That our lives, both as individuals and as a congregation, may touch this community with your anxious peace and a burning desire for justice, We pray,
Hear us, God of light.

God who shines in the darkness, receive these prayers and the prayers of our hearts, in the name of the one who brings your light, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.