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Prayer: A conversation with The Higher Other who lives within each of us. An invitation to vent, to re-think, to ask, and to rest.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Prayers of the People ~ 1st Sunday after Christmas

These more formal prayers have been composed for Liturgical (Worship) in a Sunday service.  I hope that you will find them useful for
personal prayer or small group meditation or in your congregation.  Feel free to use and share with attribution.
If you have any questions, see the end of this page for more information.


             We're tired but still celebrating.  The "Reason for the Season" has arrived and we are still shouting out our joy and excitement.  But as with much of life, the subtle change in tone that we see in the Gospel of Matthew gives a hint of the future, and, we just may not see it until we look back. 
 
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE – First Sunday after Christmas Day 
Readings:  Isaiah 63:7-9; Ps 148:1-14; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2:13-23
 
~ Holy Sanctifier, You have come to us and call us Your sisters and brothers.  You come to help all children of Abraham.
 
Jesus our Brother, Jesus our Savior, we praise your holy name.  We praise you, Lord from the Heavens!

~ Holy Sanctifier, You are incarnated from the abundance of God’s steadfast love.  You become like us through God’s mercy to destroy the power and fear of death. 

Jesus our Brother, Jesus our Savior, we praise your holy name.  We praise you, Lord from the Heavens!

~ Holy Sanctifier, our merciful and faithful High Priest, guide those who govern in this world in the ways of Justice, Mercy, and Freedom from wars among all peoples.  We pray especially for our local and national representatives: (add your own petitions here)

Jesus our Brother, Jesus our Savior, we praise your holy name.  We praise you, and serve you, Lord from the Heavens!

~ Holy Sanctifier, lay Your healing hands on all who are ill and their caregivers.  Give us, your sisters and brothers, hope in our distress and the release from pain, fear, and sadness.  We pray especially for: (add your own petitions here)
 
Jesus our Brother, Jesus our Savior, we praise your holy name.  We praise you, and beseech you, Lord from the Heavens!
 
~ Holy Sanctifier, we, with Rachel, weep for those who have left this earthly plane to live in eternal love and glory.  Hold us close in our grief and save us in this time of trial.  We pray especially for: (add your own petitions here)

Jesus our Brother, Jesus our Savior, we praise your holy name.  We praise you, our Consoler from the Heavens!

~ Holy Sanctifier, bestow Your Grace-filled Wisdom on the leaders of Your Church as they work together and with us, the People of Your Church, as we go out to do the work You have given us to do.  We pray especially for: (add your own petitions here)

Jesus our Brother, Jesus our Savior, we praise your holy name.  We praise you, we serve you, we glorify you, Lord from the Heavens!

 
The Celebrant adds:  Lord Jesus our Christ, You are the Word of God made Flesh for our Redemption. Your Holy Light glows again in our hearts and calls us to be new prophets in this world. Let us commit ourselves to new life in Your service, to the Glory of God with the Holy Spirit.   Amen.

 

 









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