Saturday, August 27, 2005

Proper 17A, Penecost + 15

God of all people, we give thanks to you today and, call on your name, and ask that you make known your deeds among all people. We seek you today and know you will make our hearts glad. Lord, we remember the works that you have done in our lives and we thank you. You have revealed yourself to us so many ways, sometimes in a burning bush and sometimes by a still small voice. Yet we know your steadfast love is always with us and we want to walk in your ways all the days of our lives. God in your mercy, hear our prayers.

God of all people, Lord of the Church, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed: we have not loved you with all of our heart or served you with all of our strength; we have been blind to the vision of a renewed world and deaf to your call to discipleship; we have been indifferent to the suffering of others and unwilling to forgive each other. Pardon ua and restore us, that together we may serve you with joy all the days of our life. God in your mercy, hear our prayers.

God of all people we ask to you let our love be genuine; help us hate what is evil and hold fast to what is good. Help us to love one another and show each other honor and respect. Help us to not lag in zeal, but be ardent in spirit, serving you always. Help us rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer, contribute to the needs of the saints and extend hospitality to strangers. Help us bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Let us rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. God in your mercy, hear our prayers.

God of all people, hear our prayers for those who are suffering illnesses or disappointments. Give assurance to them that you have not forgotten them. Give comfort to their spirits and cradle them in the palm of your hand. Give shelter to those in danger from gathering storms. God in your mercy, hear our prayers.

God of all people, God of all times and places, we praise you for all your servants who having been faithful to you on earth. Keep us in communion with them until we meet with all your children in the joy of your eternal kingdom. Now with the assurance that comes of being a child of God, let us pray the prayer that your son taught us, Our Father….

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