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Prayers for the Lectionary Year C



Praying through the Lectionary Year  C - 7th Sunday of Easter


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.


Seventh Sunday of Easter

Acts 16:16-34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21; John 17:20-26



OPENING PRAYER

May the Peace which passes all understanding, which has its source within the very nature of Father, Son and Spirit be with us as we meet, to still our souls and join our hearts as one. May the gentle whisper of the God of peace speak to us through our worship, the reading and understanding of scripture, and be the message of our lives as we leave this place. Amen


ADORATION


The Lord reigns (Let the earth be glad!)

Creator God,
breath of life,
from whom all things have their beginning,
unto his feet all things return,
to Alpha and Omega sing

The Lord reigns (Let the earth be glad!)

Saviour God,
deliverer,
from whom all love has its beginning
into whose arms all men are drawn,
to him we bring this offering

The Lord reigns (Let the earth be glad!)




CONFESSION

Heavenly Father,
we take this world for granted,
abuse its beauty and destroy
that which in theory we should rely on.
Forgive us.
We take our faith for granted,
forget the love and grace by which
your Son selflessly poured out his life for us.
Forgive us.
We take your power for granted,
forgetting walls are broken down,
foundations shaken to bring us liberty.
Forgive us.
We take our lives for granted,
consider no one but ourselves,
forget to whom we ultimately owe them
Forgive us.



THANKSGIVING

It is good
when your children live in unity.
It is your will
that this be so.
Wherever there is peace,
wherever love is sown,
wherever hearts are united,
your name is glorified,
your kingdom grows.
For the love which is shown
in this place
we thank you.
For the grace which is shared
in this place
we thank you.
It is good
when your children live in unity.
It is your will
that this be so. Amen




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