Prayers for the 12th Week after Pentecost (August 28-September 3, 2022)

The watchword for the week:
Let mutual love continue. Hebrews 13:1

May the love of the Lord our God be upon us.
Christ, inspire the work of our hands;
May the mercy of the Lord our God be upon us.
Christ, strengthen the work of our hands.
May the grace of the Lord our God be upon us.
Christ, empower the work of our hands.

Psalm 112

Praise be to God! Happy are those who fear God,
   who greatly delight in God’s commandments.
Their descendants will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in their houses,
and their righteousness endures forever.
They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright;
   they are gracious, merciful, and righteous.
It is well with those who deal generously and lend,
   who conduct their affairs with justice.
For the righteous will never be moved;
they will be remembered forever.
They are not afraid of evil tidings;
   their hearts are firm, secure in God.
Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid;
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever; their horn is exalted in honor.
The wicked see it and are angry;
they gnash their teeth and melt away;
the desire of the wicked comes to nothing.

A Confession of Sin

Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.
Almighty and most merciful Father, like lost sheep, we have strayed from your holy ways; we have withheld love from those around us rather than allowing it to grow. Have mercy upon us, O Lord, according to your promises declared to humankind in Christ Jesus our Lord;
Through your Holy Spirit, grant to us the resolve to go from this day forward seeking to live a loving, gracious, and righteous life to the glory of your holy Name. Amen. 

Almighty and merciful Lord, grant us the forgiveness of all our sins and empower us to amend our lives to follow your example. If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; the old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation through Christ. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

Take time to read today’s Daily Texts. If you do not have a copy of the Daily Texts, you will find today’s texts posted in the margin on your page’s right side (at the bottom of the page if you are on a mobile phone). God speaks to us through the inspiration of scripture, so approach the opportunity to read the texts as a privilege, eagerly anticipating what might be conveyed to you today. How might today’s Word make a part of your life new again? When you have finished praying, continue as follows.

O Lord, hear us now as we pray together.

Our Father in heaven, praise be your name; your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen. 

Lord, keep our Church under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your loving way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us by your Holy Spirit.

Shout for joy, all people of God, rejoice all the earth! The glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people together will see it. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Blessed be the name of the Lord in whom we live, labor, and love. Amen.