celtic preayers

Lectionary Prayers -Year C

Prayers follow a traditional form. After an introductory thought and prayer we use the pattern of ACT (Adoration, Confession and Thanksgiving) to lead us into worship.

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Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany

(8th Sunday in Ordinary Time)


(Proper 3. If this is the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, this Proper may be replaced by the readings for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany)


Sunday between February 25 and February 29

Isaiah 55:10-13; Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58

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OPENING PRAYER

It is good to meet here together for worship today, Lord. As we offer to you our hymns and songs, present our petitions and listen to your Word, speak to us, empower us for service and send us out in the sure knowledge that you are with us always. Amen





ADORATION


Your Word is
truth
for victims of injustice,
light
for all who cannot see,
love
where there is hatred,
freedom
for the oppressed.
Your Word is
healing
where there is sickness,
comfort
in times of sorrow,
mercy
where there is humility,
hope
for eternity.



CONFESSION

God of Grace
forgive our ingratitude
for the blessings we have received.
Help us live the lives we proclaim.
God of Peace
forgive our impatience
with the actions of our neighbour.
Help us live the lives we proclaim.
God of love
forgive our intolerance
toward  those of other faiths or none.
Help us live the lives we proclaim.
God of mercy
forgive our reluctance
to offer a word of forgiveness.
Help us live the lives we proclaim.
God of hope
accept our repentance
as a sweet-smelling offering
along with the service of our lives. Amen




THANKSGIVING

Almighty Father, beginning and end of all we are
and the hope to which we cling,
it is to you alone we bring our sacrifice of praise.
Jesus Christ, Word of God becoming flesh,
in whose footsteps we now tread,
it is to your feet that we humbly bow in service.
Holy Spirit, creating breath and life to all,
a living presence within our hearts,
it is in your power that we can do all things.
Father, Son and Spirit
Three in One
Be the unity between our lives,
the light by which we see
and the rock upon which we walk
today and all days. Amen



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