Saturday, March 24, 2012

Prayers for 5th Sunday in Lent

Here are the prayers I composed for this coming Sunday's worship service. 

Prayer of Praise: I Corinthians
Lord God Almighty, who ordained before the ages your hidden wisdom, which was revealed in Christ. We confess that you have prepared for us what no eye has seen, nor ear has heard, nor heart has imagined. We give you everlasting thanks for the grace given to us in Jesus Christ. We praise you for your Spirit who has given to us the mind of Christ. Help us to render you true worship, knowing nothing except Christ and Him crucified, that our hearts may be refreshed by the many blessings which You give to your saints. These things we ask through the strong name of Christ, who lives and reigns...Amen!

Prayer for Illumination: Deut 11
Almighty God, Blessed are the blameless who walk in Your Law and seek you with their whole heart.  Give us grace this day to lay up these words we are about to hear in hears and in our souls.  Help us  to bind them on our hands and make them as frontlets between our eyes.  Help us to teach them with diligence to our sons and daughters and talk of them when we sit our houses, when we walk by the way and when we rise up.  And as Your Spirit gives us power to keep your commandments drive out our enemies from before our face that the nations may see the glory of the risen Christ.  We ask this in the name of Jesus our Rock and Redeemer. Amen! 

Eucharistic Prayers
Bread: Lamentations and the Fall of Jerusalem
            Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, it truly, right and good and our duty that we should at all times and in all places give You thanks and magnify Your Holy Name, therefore with the Angels, the Archangels and all the company of heaven we praise You saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of Your glory. Glory be to You, O Lord Most High.
            We praise that you are a God who chastises your people. Long ago your people sinned against you by transgressing your covenant, forsaking your commandments and refusing to turn from their evil ways. You sent destruction upon them and the great holy city of Jerusalem sat lonely like a widow and wept bitterly because there was no one to comfort her. Yet because of your mercies she was not consumed for your compassions never fail; they are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness, O Lord.  As we partake of this bread, grant us grace to receive your discipline and to wait quietly for your great salvation. For you are our portion and in you alone do we hope. In Christ’s Name, Amen!

Wine: The Garden of Gethsemane
            Everlasting Father, we glorify your Son Christ for that long night in Gethsemane. He was full of sorrow and exceedingly distressed, even to the point of death. All the disciples failed him, for the spirit is willing, but the flesh was weak. He pleaded to have the cup pass from him, but ultimately submitted to your will and for the joy set before Him endured the cross. Forgive us for taking for granted His great work on our behalf. Grant to us by Your Spirit grace to submit to your will and persevere to the end, not matter what the cost, that we might at the last day enter into your everlasting kingdom. In the Strong name 

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8