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Prayers for the Lectionary Year C

Praying through the Lectionary Year  C -  23rd in Ordinary

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.

Proper 18 (23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Sunday between September 4 and September 10 inclusive

Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33



Lord God,
Word and breath of life,
the peace between us,
the power among us.
Be in our singing,
in our praying,
in our coming and going.
Be the blessing we give and receive,
today and all days. Amen


Like clay in the potter’s hand,
so we are to you, O Lord!
You take the ordinary
and often imperfect,
and make something beautiful,
moulding us into the people
you envisioned us to be.
In your hands we are made new,
perfected Lord, by you.
In your hands we are made useful
in service Lord, for you


You know us Lord,
better than we know ourselves.
You know our thoughts,
the unspoken prayers within our hearts.
You know our words
before they are formed on our tongues.
You know our lives
our going out and coming home again.
You know us Lord,
better than we know ourselves.
Forgive us when we fail to see
your wonder and majesty.
Open our eyes,
enlarge our faith
that our knowledge of you,
and our service to you
might increase
day by day.


As we adventure with you today
be the compass that guides us,
the light that shines before us,
the only one we follow.

As we adventure with you today
be the word that encourages,
the hand that reaches for us
each time we stumble.

As we adventure with you today
let us glimpse our destination,
and appreciate the places
through which you lead us.

As we adventure with you today
be the strength we need to follow,
and as the day draws to a close
guard us as we sleep.
Loving guide and Saviour, we thank you!

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