Prayers of the People

The Third Sunday after The Epiphany

Year B

January 21, 2018 

Presider:  In Jesus you have announced the fulfillment of your time, O God:  Give us courage to answer readily the call to follow you, letting nothing in us interfere with the good news of your kingdom, as we offer our prayers and intercessions, saying:  The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near.

 Litanist:  God alone is our rock and our salvation: Uphold your church in your strength, Almighty One, and grant us faithfulness to proclaim the good news of Jesus to all the world.

The time is fulfilled,

and the kingdom of God has come near.

God is our safety and our honor: Put divine trust into the hearts of the leaders of our nation and into the hearts of all in authority, Eternal One, that they may cooperate with your work to build communities of peace throughout the world.

The time is fulfilled,

and the kingdom of God has come near.

Steadfast love is yours, O Gracious One: Look upon the great cities and lonely villages in your creation, and turn us from our wicked ways, that all who suffer may be relieved, and all who work may find satisfaction.

The time is fulfilled,

and the kingdom of God has come near.

God is our strong rock and our refuge: Be present in our community, O Loving One, that the life of your new world may be manifest in this place.

The time is fulfilled,

and the kingdom of God has come near.

Give your steadfast love to those for whom we pray in intercession, especially ___.

Hear our grateful hearts as we thank you for the blessings of your kingdom, especially for ___.

Bring into your fuller presence those who have died, that they may find life within your reign forevermore, especially ___.

The time is fulfilled,

and the kingdom of God has come near.

Presider:  Gracious and Loving God, put the urgency of your in-breaking kingdom into our hearts, that we may swiftly follow you to do our part in your work of reconciliation, through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.