Prayer of the Church
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20A)
20 September 2020
In peace, let us pray to the Lord and offer to Him the petitions and supplications of a people confident of His promise to hear and answer us with mercy.
That we may seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him in the day of salvation, and be prepared by His mercy for the Day of Judgment, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
That we may delight in the light of Christ and His salvation, and that sinners may find refuge in His mercy and comfort in His forgiveness, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
That we may hear the voice of God speaking in His Word and be nurtured by faithful pastors who preach and teach this Gospel, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
That this Word may be the foundation of the home, that husband and wife may be united in this faith and hope, and that their children may hear and be nurtured in this Word by faithful parents, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
That the Church may nurture the lives of our children in Sunday school and catechism classes, and that we may all be grounded in the doctrine of Scripture through the study of God’s Word, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
That the Lord may bless missionaries far and near, that He may nurture newly planted congregations, and that He may renew those congregations in distress, that those from every nation and culture may be united with us in faith and life, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
That we may enjoy the blessing of good government, faithful leaders, peace in our land and peace among the nations, and that we may be good citizens and neighbors, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
That the sick may be healed, the troubled know peace, the grieving be comforted and the dying be delivered to everlasting life in Christ, and especially for _____________; and that we may all be delivered from fear, anxiety and despair by God’s gracious care, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
That we may commune in faith, that no unrepentant sin may hinder our reception of Christ’s body and blood, and that the fruits of this communion may be reflected in a manner of life in keeping with who we are as God’s children by Baptism and faith, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
That we may honor the Lord with praise and thanksgiving and bring to the Lord the offerings of a grateful people, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
That we may not forget the witness of the faithful who lived and died in Christ, and that we may at last be joined with them in the marriage supper of the Lamb in His Kingdom without end, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
Hear the prayers of Your people, O Lord, and grant to us all things good and wholesome and keep from us all things harmful. Give us contentment, that trusting in Your mercy we may delight in Your saving will where the last are made first by Your generosity and grace; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.