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Here Is Our Order of Worship
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A Prayer About Prayer by Peter Marshall link
Lord, teach us to pray. Some of us are not skilled in the art of prayer.
As we draw near to you in thought, our spirits long for your Spirit,
and reach out for you, longing to feel you near.
We know not how to express the deepest emotions that lie hidden in our hearts.
In these moments, we have no polished phrases
with which to impress one another, no finely molded, delicately turned clauses to present to you.
Nor would we be confined to conventional petitions and repeat our prayers
like the unwinding of a much-exposed film.
We know, our Father, that we are closest to you
when we have left behind the things that have held us captive so long
We would not be ignorant in prayer and, like children, make want lists for you.
Rather, we pray that you will give unto us only what we really need.
We would not make our prayers the importuning of you,
an omnipotent God, to do what we want you to do.
Rather, give us the vision, the courage, that shall enlarge our horizons
and stretch our faith to the adventure of seeking your loving will for our lives
We thank you that you are hearing us even now.
We thank you for the grace of prayer. We thank you for yourself.
Prayers for All Sorts and Conditions of Men Book of Common Prayer link
O God, the creator and preserver of all mankind,
we humbly beseech you for all sorts and conditions of men;
that you would be pleased to make your ways known unto them,
your saving health unto all nations.
More especially we pray for your holy Church universal;
that it may be so guided and governed by your good Spirit,
that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth,
and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life.
Finally, we commend to your fatherly goodness all those who are in any ways afflicted or distressed,
in mind, body, or estate; [especially those for whom our prayers are desired];
that it may please you to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities,
giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions.
And this we beg for Jesus Christ’s sake.
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:14-15 (NASB Bible Gateway)
Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;
Prayer for the Poor and Neglected from The book of Common Prayer link
Almighty and most merciful God,
we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget:
the homeless and the destitute,
the old and the sick,
and all who have none to care for them.
Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit,
and to turn their sorrow into joy.
Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son,
who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Benediction-Book of Common Prayer link
Almighty and eternal God,
so draw our hearts to you,
so guide our minds,
so full our imaginations,
so control our wills,
that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you;
and then use us, we pray of you, as you will,
and always to your glory and the welfare of your people;
through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.