FOR THIS Third Sunday after Epiphany we pray for the whole people of God, and others according to their needs.
Almighty and Gracious God, though we are sinful and sloth, you chose us to proclaim your holy name before the nations. Stir up the Holy Spirit in us that we may continue as your church. May we be empowered to widely pronounce mercy and salvation before all people, especially those who are cast far from your will by the evils of this world.
Blessed Lord Jesus, we ask that your Spirit would grant that all pastors be given boldness to preach the Gospel. Let your Word be known as received through the holy Apostles. Sustain all missionaries and seminarians as they seek to follow your call to serve at your bidding. Give all that they need for service. Allow your blessing providence to be heard by all who are in conflict with family and friends because of their call in the gospel.
Creator God, who causes even the dead to rise, we ask that you would give to the leaders of our world the wisdom and will to govern with justice. Give to everyone such a desire for peace that they would rise to defend the weak and oppressed.
Wisdom of the Ages, we ask that your Spirit would reign in all areas of education. We especially ask that your wise countenance fall upon officials and teachers who in error believe that the separation of church and state would rule your will from their halls and classrooms.
Spirit Divine, sustain us in medical research. Allow us right knowledge that we may help others. Sustain us as we assist those who are burdened by maladies of body, mind, and spirit, Today, we especially ask that you would be mindful of those who are unable to use their limbs. Being bold, we pray that these would be enabled to come unto full bodily capacity, that they may one day stand beside us lifting high their arms so to give you right praise.
Eternal Lord, we give thanks for all witnesses who have died in the peace of Christ, especially those most dear to us who now rest in you. Inspire those whom of the world that you have set apart and called through your grace. May we serve you as our faith ancestors did in this life, and... at the last may we receive the heavenly gifts you have promised your people.
Into your hands, all knowing, present and powerful God, we commend all for whom we pray. Let those both those who believe and those who are yet to believe, trust wholly in your mercy, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen