Prayers of the People

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 11, Track 1, July 23, 2017 – Year A

Presider:  As God’s children we cry “Abba! Father,” letting God’s Spirit bear witness with our spirit through our prayers in Christ, as we say:  The creation waits with eager longing; for in hope we were saved.

Litanist:  Gracious and loving God, you have scattered your Church like seed throughout creation:  Lead us by your Spirit so that all humanity may be adopted as your own and creation itself be set free from its bondage to decay.

The creation waits with eager longing;

for in hope we were saved.

Holy One, the nations of the earth grow together in peace and in violence:  Guide the leaders of this nation and all in authority away from the spirit of slavery that falls back into fear, and lead them into the spirit of adoption that receives freedom as glory for the children of God.

The creation waits with eager longing;

for in hope we were saved.

The whole earth groans in labor pains for the fulfillment of your loving purpose, O God:  Bless your offspring and show us your presence with us.

The creation waits with eager longing;

for in hope we were saved.

Nurturing God, be with this community in our ambiguity and struggle, and grant us patience and perseverance to become the healthy and fruitful people you have called us to become.

The creation waits with eager longing;

for in hope we were saved.

 

We bring to this house of God our concerns and our prayers, for you see us and know our needs before we ask.  Bless those for whom we pray, especially ___.

We rejoice with gratefulness at the first fruits of the spirit you have bestowed upon us as we offer our thanks for all our blessings, especially for ___.

We pray for those who have died and been set free from their bondage, especially ___.  May they be gathered into your loving presence.

The creation waits with eager longing;

for in hope we were saved.

Presider:  Restore your creation with your compassion and your judgment O God, that goodness may overcome evil and healing may transcend brokenness, so that all people may rejoice in their inheritance as your children, through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.