woman in cobbled street

Sunday between 18 and 24 September, Year B
(Proper 20, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Inspired by Mark 9:30-37 and James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8a.

Opening Prayers or Call to Worship

Lord,

as we walk with you
sometimes we feel uplifted,
other times enlightened,
often puzzled.
As we gather in your name today
we don’t know how we will be touched
but we come to find out,
we come because you call us,
we come to journey with you
and to find out where that will lead.
Amen.

 

Intercession

Lord,

The voices of this world tell us that we deserve to be at the front of the line
Or the top of the pile:
top dog;
top nation;
sitting at the top table
with better people, better food, a better view.

But you don’t call us to be at the top, you ask us to come in humility
with gentleness and in peace.
You ask us to put aside ambition and make ourselves small, to be servants of all
and to care for the insignificant and powerless.
And so we pray.

We pray for children whose cries for help go unheard,
child workers, child soldiers, children abused or neglected or abandoned.
Lord give them a friend today, new hope for tomorrow
and show us how to serve.

We pray for people in countries where government is broken and fear rules,
Whether of terrorists, greedy corporations, crime, famine or flood.
Lord give them a friend today, new hope for tomorrow
and show us how to serve.

We pray for the sick and the frail,
for those too proud to ask for help, too needy to be forgotten.
Lord give them a friend today, new hope for tomorrow
and show us how to serve.

We pray for the lost and confused,
those who feel they haven’t got a place, those who feel they haven’t got a future.
Lord give them a friend today, new hope for tomorrow
and show us how to serve.

We pray for all those we know who need your strength or comfort today.
[especially now we pray for…]
And silently we pray for those on our own hearts…
[brief pause]
Lord give them a friend today, new hope for tomorrow
and show us how to serve.

Lord we pray for all these
and ask you to show us how to bring your presence, your love, your friendship
to people who are lost in the storms of life.
Give us your strength today
so that we can be friends to the friendless,
hope to the hopeless,
a light in lives where no light shines.

Amen.

All the prayers are free to use but I would happily accept a coffee to keep me going!

Rod

About the author: Writer and editor at DramatisDei, dramatist and dreamer.