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Lectionary: Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7,17-19; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25
Prayer from Feasting on the Word, Year C
Let us unite our hearts and minds in prayer: O God, who astonishes us with surprising gifts, we pray for your church and for people of faith in every language and belief, that your wisdom will show us our common life, and that all people may rejoice in what you create.
Giver of the stars and planets, creator of rivers and oceans, and creatures large and small, we pray for wisdom as we live on and with your earth. Evoke in us awe for your goodness in these familiar surroundings: our hills and valleys, forests and deserts, that the powers you have placed here to move through soil and air will remind us always of your bounty and your love.
Power above all powers, we pray for the leaders of governments in every nation, especially in Syria and nations in the Middle East, that they may have wisdom to choose what serves the common good.
Lover of all creation, we pray for all those we too easily forget: those of your children who are poor, or homeless, or in prison; those who are sick, or lonely, or frightened; all who hunger for faith and hope. Care for them, that they may be strengthened by joy in your healing.
Holy One, in whose community we thrive, we pray for those with whom we share our daily lives: our families, friends, and neighbors, those with whom we work and play, those whose names we do not know who provide for us, that we may all be renewed in courage and nurtured in hope.
Sustainer of your people, we give you thanks for members of the body of Christ in every age and every place who, by their witness, bring us here today.
We pray these in the mighty and magnificent and awesome name of Jesus our Savior who taught us how 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.