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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Fifth Sunday of Easter


Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35


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OPENING PRAYER


Let us be still for a moment as we draw near to worship God... Take just a few seconds to remind yourself why we are gathered together today... Listen, God speaks even through the background noise of the world around us...

Lord God, in this short time together, open our ears and our eyes to see your vision for this place and our part within it. Teach us, hear our prayers and enable us for service wherever you might take us, to your praise and glory. Amen.




ADORATION



Praise the Lord, all the heavens
Proclaim his name, from mountain peak and valley floor
Praise the Lord, sun, moon and stars
Proclaim his name in summer skies and rainbow hue
Praise the Lord, all creatures upon the earth
Proclaim his name, in Eagle’s wing and Lion’s roar
Praise the Lord, all rulers and kings
Proclaim his name, who creates all things from new
Praise the Lord, whether young or old
Proclaim his name, whose gracious love extends to all
Let all things that have breath within them
Praise the Lord.





CONFESSION



You love us without questioning,
heal and bring wholeness
without prejudice,
embrace us
as a parent would their child.
Forgive us when we forget,
feel isolated and alone,
don’t know where to turn.
Forgive us when we fail you,
choose those we minister to,
do not listen to your Word.
You love us without questioning,
may we bring compassion,
healing and peace,
without prejudice,
to all those to whom
you lead us. Amen





THANKSGIVING



Your commands are not burdensome,
your way of life our example,
your footsteps there to be found.
‘Love one another; care for children,
brothers, sisters and outcasts.
If you are my disciples,
then show the world,
demonstrate your discipleship
and love both lovely and unloved.
Show God’s Grace to this world!’
And as we open our hearts and lives,
and follow as you have shown,
others discover you through our words,
and by the life we share.
For the love you have given us,
and the blessings you have shown us,
we thank you, God of Love and Grace.





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