celtic preayers

Lectionary Prayers -Year C

The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) offers a three-year cycle with four readings for every Sunday in the Church Year. These readings are:

    A Lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures (or Acts during the Season of Easter)
    A Psalm
    A Lesson from the Epistles or Acts
    A Lesson from the Gospels

The following prayers follow a traditional form using the pattern of ACT (Adoration, Confession and Thanksgiving). There is also an opening prayer which can be used at the beginning of a service.

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Reign of Christ

Christ the King Sunday
Sunday between November 20 and November 26 inclusive

Jeremiah 23:1-6; Luke 1:68-79; Colossians 1:11-20 ; Luke 23:33-43



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OPENING PRAYER


Into your presence we come,
Saviour, Shepherd and King,
your servants
with our offering
of worship,
thanksgiving
and song.
Gifts from our riches
and gifts from our poverty.
Gifts to Jesus, Shepherd and King.






ADORATION


Before all things began,
you were,
one with Father and Spirit,
Glorious unity.
Before all things began,
you were,
our lives within your thoughts,
your image in our hearts.
Before all things began,
you were,
creation and redemption
perfected in your plan.
Before all things began,
you were,
king and kingdom waiting
for time is in your hands.





CONFESSION



Shepherd King,
you lead your sheep to green pasture,
and keep them safe from harm.
You love each member of your flock
and know each one by name.
Shepherd King,
forgive us when we wander far
and follow others' call.
Forgive us when we hide our face,
afraid of what we are.
Forgive and draw us back again
into your close embrace,
and in your presence once again
we'll worship our true King.





THANKSGIVING

Your kingdom
is an everlasting kingdom,
on earth and in heaven above,
your people
and all those confessing your name,
sharing the blessings of your grace.
Your victory
which conquered the fear of death,
demonstrating the power of love,
your peace
which flows like a stream in our hearts,
what could be greater than this?



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