Prayers Of the People

Prayers of the People

20th after Pentecost

October 22, 2017

 

The Christian church is the vineyard of the Lord, with all its needs and problems: growing the grapes, making the wine and managing the Lord’s work. Let us pray to the Lord of the vineyard, saying: Lord, hear our prayer.

 

That the fruit of our common prayer and ministry be the Eucharistic wine which will soon unite all in Christ the Vine and make us one. Let us pray to the Lord of the vineyard: Lord, hear our prayer.

 

That our leaders in both church and state may accept their stewardship and accountability to God, and that there may be a rich harvest. We pray for Geoffrey our Bishop, for all active and retired clergy in our diocese and their families, for the parishes of St. Mark, Shearston/Butlerville and for the Parish of St. Mark the Evangelist St. John’s. Let us pray to the Lord of the vineyard: Lord, hear our prayer.

 

That the peace of God which is beyond all understanding may lift from our suffering world its burdens of anxiety, war, violence, oppression, poverty, and disease, and that God’s fruitfulness will give life to all in need especially those on our Ascension Prayer Cycle and those unknown to us. Let us pray to the Lord of the vineyard:Lord, hear our prayer.

 

That the Lord’s vineyard may quickly extend its healthy branches through the world, sheltering the peoples with Christ’s gentleness and loving-kindness. Let us pray to the Lord of the vineyard:Lord, hear our prayer.

 

That Jesus, the stone which the builders rejected, may be recognized as the keystone of church and creation. Let us pray to the Lord of the vineyard:Lord, hear our prayer.

 

That those who have died may rest eternal and those who mourn their death may find strength to meet the days ahead. Let us pray to the Lord of the vineyard: Lord, hear our prayer.

 

 

Lord of the harvest, we pray that our global Christian community may fulfill your Son’s prayer and that we may soon be one in the name of Christ as he is in you, his Father, in the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

OPENING RESPONSES

 

This is the Good News –

The grave is empty,

Christ is risen.

HALLELUJAH!

 

This is the Good News –

The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness can never put it out.

HALLELUJAH!

 

This is the Good News –

Once we were not people,

now we are God’s people.

HALLELUJAH!


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