Prayers of the People

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 15, Track 1, August 20, 2017 – Year A

Presider:  O God, the loving Creator of all humankind, you have expanded the boundaries of kinship through the abundant compassion of your Son Jesus Christ:  Empower your Church through our ministries of reconciliation as we bring to you our prayers on behalf of the world, saying:  Oh, how good and pleasant it is, when kindred live together in unity!

Litanist:  Gracious God, awaken your Church to the cries of the suffering, especially our brothers and sisters from other cultures and other faiths, that we may be mediators of your charity and friendship.

Oh, how good and pleasant it is,

when kindred live together in unity.

Compassionate One, open the ears of the leaders of the nations to hear the voices of the importunate and those who refuse to be silenced, that your children may nevermore be treated as dogs nor be tossed only the crumbs that fall from the tables of the wealthy and powerful.

Oh, how good and pleasant it is,

when kindred live together in unity.

Reconciling One, hear our prayers for the families of the world, divided by conflict and mistrust, especially  those who suffer from famine, violence, injustice and prejudice:  May all be brought in peace to feast at your abundant table of fellowship.

Oh, how good and pleasant it is,

when kindred live together in unity.

Unite our community in bonds of charity and friendship, that people of various races, cultures and religions may extend to one another gifts of mutual respect and generosity.

Oh, how good and pleasant it is,

when kindred live together in unity.

Loving and healing God, extend your hand of mercy to those for whom we pray, especially ___.

We raise our voices of thanksgiving for all the blessings of this life, especially for ___.

We entrust to your never failing care and love those who have died, especially ___.

Oh, how good and pleasant it is,

when kindred live together in unity.

Presider:  Through your scriptures you have shown us that you have rejected no one and that you offer your divine mercy to all humanity:  Have mercy upon us, O Father, that we may extend your universal work of reconciliation to all whose lives we touch, through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit are one God, now and for ever.  Amen.