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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 20 (25th Sunday in Ordinary Time)


Sunday between September 18 and September 24 inclusive

Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Psalm 79:1-9 ; 1 Timothy 2:1-7;Luke 16:1-13 - 3

 
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OPENING PRAYER


God of this day and all days,
be with us as we meet
the love that binds us,
the peace that calms us,
the touch that heals us,
the joy that fills us,
the arms that hold us.
God of this day and all days,
be with us as we meet.
Amen



ADORATION


In a world which has so much to say
and no time for listening,
you love to hear your people’s prayers,
that sweet and fragrant offering
rising to your throne.
In a word which has so much to ask
in its search for meaning,
you are the answer for which they search,
creator and source of all,
the word of life.
In a world which is looking for love
and a sense of belonging,
you welcome all of your prodigals home
into a Father’s arms
and family.



CONFESSION



If our neighbour does not know your name
because you have not been introduced,
forgive us.
If our neighbour has been searching
for answers that we already hold,
forgive us.
If they have yet to see the change
that lies hidden in our hearts,
forgive us.
If we have yet to find the courage
to talk about our faith,
revive us.
If our neighbour does not know your name
because you have not been introduced,
empower us. Amen.





THANKSGIVING


You are the certainty
we can depend on,
when all else fails,
the one we can turn to
when we turn to prayer.
In times of hardship
or temptation,
in facing doubt
or opposition,
you are the rock
on which we build,
the firm ground
upon which we stand.




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