Prayer of Church

Prayer of the Church—August 14 & August 21

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 15C)

14 August 2022

Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

Gracious God, our fathers in the faith gave a good confession of Your truth before the powers of this world. In the spirit of Jeremiah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses, strengthen our hearts in days of division to confess in our words and lives the glory of Your name. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of hosts, You inspired Your servant Jeremiah to proclaim Your Word amid the lies of false prophets. Arm Your servants in our day with the power of Your Holy Spirit to contradict the lies of the enemy, and build up Your Church upon the eternal foundation of Your Word. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, You settle the solitary in families in order to nurture their faith and train them in righteousness. Bless and strengthen parents to bring up their children to resist temptation and to endure all things for the sake of Your name. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God Almighty, behold our nation and all those in authority in Your mercy and replenish them by Your grace, that all who receive the sword would bear it according to Your Word, always inclining to Your will and walking in Your way. Grant that we might lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

O Lord, grant healing to the sick, [especially to _____________,] strength to the weak, endurance to bear up under trial, patience to await His deliverance and peace at the last. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, Your Son promises division even as He promises salvation. Inspire our hearts to prize our Baptism and the communion of the saints above all other relations in this world, even as we fervently pray and strive for the salvation of those we know and love. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of our fathers, You bless Your Church with the enduring witness of Your saints, who now rest from their labors. As we join their heavenly communion in our Lord’s Supper, grant that we would share their faith in Christ now and to life’s end. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Hear us, most merciful Father, in these our humble requests, which we offer unto You in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer of the Church—Responsive Form

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16C)

21 August 2022

Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, grant us repentant faith to strive to enter ever more deeply into Your blessings of forgiveness, life and salvation. By the witness of Your saints, gather many from the very corners of this world to enter Your kingdom. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Eternal Lord, You have founded Your Church and promised that she will remain forever. Bolster her confidence in Your Word and guide her pastors in paths of righteousness, that she would declare Your glory among all nations. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, heavenly Father, You have called fathers to bring up their children in Your fear and love. Sanctify and sustain them through Your Word, that they would lovingly discipline their children and so show forth Your own divine care for Your baptized children. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

O Lord, grant wisdom, integrity and skill to our president, the Congress of the United States, our governor and all those in authority, that in the exercise of their lawful duties justice would be maintained, the innocent defended, wickedness restrained, liberty upheld and consciences respected. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, You chasten those whom You love. Teach Your fatherly love to those enduring the afflictions of this life, for all things come from Your hand. Guard [_____________ and] all who suffer in body and soul, and bring them through their trials. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Divine Host, in Your holy presence we recline at Your table and receive the blood of Your Son, which speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. Let this blood of Christ thoroughly bless the earth of our created bodies and sanctify us completely to become a new holy land for His eternal dwelling. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

O Lord, we give You thanks for all the saints who have gone before us. Grant that we would die to ourselves and enter with Christ into the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to join with all the angels in festal gathering and to be numbered with the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, perfected in the righteousness of Christ and abiding forever in His new creation. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

To You, O Lord, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be all glory, honor, worship and praise, now and even to the end of all the ages. Amen.