Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Prayers for the People (14 and 15)

The prayers in the series from The Book of Common Prayer (pages 814-835) continue for the church universal and local. I've adapted them at points to be relevant to a larger body of believers or to my own Presbyterian tradition, for instance using terms like "minister" instead of "bishop."

Looking forward: after prayer 17 the prayers move to a new topic: prayers for national life.

I am posting them in the order they appear and with the numbers designated by The Book of Common Prayer. I am going to include today's and tomorrow's as I am not sure how much computer time I will have tomorrow.

14. For the Unity of the Church

O God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only savior, the Prince of Peace: Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions; take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatever else may hinder us from godly union and concord; that, as there is but one Body and one Spirit, one hope of our calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may all be of one heart and of one soul, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

15. For those about to be Baptized 

O God, you prepared your disciples for the coming of the Spirit through the teaching of your Son Jesus Christ: Make the hearts and minds of your servants ready to receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit, that they may be filled with the strength of his presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

-Adapted from The Book of Common Prayer, p 818-819

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