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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Proper 13 (18th Sunday in Ordinary Time)


Sunday between July 31 and August 6 inclusive


Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21

 

OPENING PRAYER



Father of all
we gather as your children
in fellowship together with you.
Saviour of all
we gather to celebrate
the love which has its origins in you.
Spirit of all
we gather in expectancy
with hearts open to receive from you.
Glorious Trinity
we gather in worship
to proclaim the faith we have in you.



ADORATION


Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His love is inclusive,
extending to all creation.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
Bringing wholeness
and peace beyond understanding.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His arms open wide
welcoming prodigals home.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His promises are sure
His kingdom everlasting.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!






CONFESSION



You are a faithful God
even in those times we reject you!
You are a loving God
even when our lives seem to fail you!
You are a just God
and our eyes are blind to injustice!
You are a compassionate God
and we fail to care for the suffering!
You are a Saving God
and we have forgotten your forgiveness!
Take our lives,
restore to us the love we once knew,
revive the spark that was once a flame,
that we might love you more dearly
and serve you more diligently
all of our days.
Amen





THANKSGIVING


To whom
we can turn
when all is brokenness
and despair,
when answers
seem so insincere
and faith is struggling
to survive?
Only to you,
who knew
the sadness of rejection.
Only to you
who knew
the pain of crucifixion.
Only to you
who knew
the joy of resurrection,
that we
might know
the truth of our salvation.






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