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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Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

(7th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

(Proper 2. 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 18 and February 24

Readings: Genesis 45:3-11,15;  Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40;
1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50; Luke 6:27-38
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OPENING PRAYER

God of yesterday, today and forever, we thank you for your loving care, protection and strength. As Joseph, once abandoned into slavery, was able with confidence to state that every part of his life was lived according to your will, so we ask that the whole of our lives might be testament to your eternal love, mercy and grace. Amen





ADORATION

Alpha and Omega
Beginning and end
of all things
Creator
Sustainer
Provider
In your name we gather
At your feet we bow.
Shield and defender
Tower of refuge
for the weary
Deliverer
Redeemer
Forgiver
In your name we worship
At your feet we bow.




CONFESSION

Let us be still before the Lord
Rest quietly in his presence
Listen
(Pause)
Let us bring before the Lord
the words that may have hurt
and all those left unsaid;
the anger we have felt
and resentment we have fed.
Let us be still before the Lord
Rest quietly in his presence
Listen
(Pause)
The Lord is slow to anger
Willing to forgive
Full of Grace.
Draw near to him
Rest quietly in his presence
Listen.




THANKSGIVING

God the Father
Creator and sustainer
Delighting in the lives of all
who live in grateful obedience to your will,
we bring to you the thanks offering of our hearts.
God the Son
Saviour and redeemer
Welcoming all who in humility
come to you willingly as servants and disciples
we bring to you the thanks offering of our hands
God the Spirit
Power and supporter
Living water flowing into all
who are open to the possibility of new birth
we bring to you the thanks offering of our lives



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