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THE PRAYERS, 

Reformation Sunday, Cycle B (October 28, 2018)

 

Let us intercede before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for the sake of the Church, the world, and one another.

A brief silence

Gracious Father, pour out your Holy Spirit upon your Church.  Make it your holy habitation; keep it steadfast in your Word; strengthen it in the face of temptation; defend it from evil; reform and purify it from sin and error; and bestow on it your saving peace.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

Be the refuge and strength of Christians throughout the world when they are persecuted for confessing Jesus as Lord. If it is your will, grant them the strength to endure even to the giving of their life’s blood, as a faithful witness to the Lordship and love of Jesus. And give us the courage and will to defend their witness, provide for their needs, and boldly confess the faith and the hope we share in Christ.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Be with the people of this congregation as our help and our redeemer. Gladden our hearts with the joy of your saving love; and empower us to gladly share our joy, and your love, with those who do not know either.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Pour out your Spirit upon the teachers and theologians of the Church, that they might hand on as of first importance what they have received as life and truth and salvation. Bless all church schools and colleges, seminaries and conferences, that they might write your words upon the hearts of many.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Exalt yourself among the nations, and speak your holy word to the leaders of the world. Establish among all peoples that peace which the world cannot give; and teach us to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before you.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We long for you to break the bow, shatter the spear, and make war to cease throughout the world Until that day, we pray that you would strengthen, protect and guide all who take up arms in defense of life and liberty. Be their very present help in times of trouble and places of danger; prosper all they do that accomplishes your will; and bring them home safely and soon.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We lift before you the needs of all whose lives are shaken and troubled by suffering of mind, body or spirit. Especially we pray for: {List}. Be in their midst; let them not be overthrown; bring them your saving help; say to them, ‘be still, and know that I am God;’ and restore them all to health and hope, that they may proclaim the awesome things you have done.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Most holy Lord, we give you thanks for the lives of all your faithful people: prophets, apostles and martyrs; theologians and confessors, teachers and pastors; and all the ordinary saints whom you have claimed as your own and redeemed through the precious blood of your dear Son. Grant that we may humbly follow in their footsteps; boldly trust in your promises; faithfully live in your Word; and cheerfully serve in your Name. And bring us, through the merits of our Savior, into your eternal home, where with all the redeemed, we shall glorify you in the power of your Spirit forever and ever and unto the ages of ages.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Hear our prayers, gracious Father; and answer them in accordance with your will, for the sake of your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

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