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Lectionary: Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Prayers of the People (adapted by Lal Rodawla from Feasting on the Word, Year A)
thank you for making us daughters and sons,
coheirs with Christ,
sisters and brothers of one another,
bearing witness with the Spirit
that we are the children of God.
We pray for the whole church,
that in the field of this world,
it may be the good seed
that grows into your harvest.
Incarnate One, all of creation is groaning,
and so we dare to ask that you would come to us;
be born again in this place.
In the midst of our boredom, our self-congratulation,
our closeted vision,
startle us with the tearing, the cry, the first breath of life
that will not be restrained.
Strengthen in us the fruits of your Spirit, and teach us to pray:
We pray for all who flee from pasts by which they are haunted.
We lift up all who feel abandoned by a future for which
they had hoped.
We plead for all who do not know that they are loved and chosen.
We intercede for our own divided souls.
We pray for those who are ill and
for those who are facing death,
that they may find hope in the faith
that the sufferings of this present time
are not worth comparing with the glory
to be revealed to them.
We pray for those we know and love,
that they may see the bond between them and you
and that, wherever they go,
you are with them.
These things we pray in the name of your Son, Christ Jesus, who taught us to pray saying…
Our Father who are in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, AND LEAD us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.