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Prayers for the Lectionary Year C

Praying through the Lectionary Year  C -  26th 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 21 (26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Sunday between September 25 and October 1 inclusive

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 ; Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31


Gracious God, who knows our needs,
reads our thoughts,
sees into our hearts
and yet accepts us as we are,
be the centre of our worship,
the focus of our praise,
the one to whom we turn,
not only as we meet today
but each day that we awake. Amen


God our fortress,
protection through storm and trouble,
strength when courage fails,
accept our offering of praise.
God our Saviour,
deliverer from the life that snares us,
forgiveness that we seek,
accept our offering of praise.
God our refuge,
foundation on which we depend,
blessing that we now share,
accept our offering of praise.


The blessings of each day
food to eat, clothes to wear,
contentment with all we have
whether rich or poor.
This is life in your kingdom.
How difficult, Lord
to walk along this road,
when the world tempts us
with much that which desire,
but do not need.
Forgive our weakness,
and teach us again
to know the contentment
of having enough,
and sharing
not only from our riches
but also from our poverty.



For all those who have gone before,
walked the path we tread,
and, by their example,
wise words and teaching
led others into your Kingdom,
we offer our grateful thanks.
For all who, through their actions
put others before self,
demonstrating the meaning
of generosity,
giving from their riches
and also from their poverty,
we offer our grateful thanks.
Through the one who gave
everything, that we might
understand the true
riches of this life,
and the one to come.

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