Prayers of the People/Intercession on Mission
God of grace and truth, all-loving and all-holy: Give us the mind of Christ, the heart of Christ, and the will of Christ so that we may show the glory and goodness of Christ to the world: to neighbors near and far. In Your divine image You created every human being from every tongue, tribe, and nation. You sent Your Son as a gift for all of us, not just some of us.
We pray that men, women and children everywhere may hear Your Son’s voice calling their name, and respond and follow Him as Lord and Savior. Empower missionaries and encourage believers in every corner of the globe as they serve You. And bring peace to those places overrun by war. Bring water to those ravaged by drought.
Bring food to those starving in famine. And establish your justice among those oppressed by evil and injustice. For families—we pray that in purity and love, fidelity and compassion, perseverance and grace You will redeem broken families and strengthen all homes. For the sick—we pray for Your healing.
For the grieving—we pray Your hope and comfort. For the lonely—we pray for Your companionship and the caring presence of Your people. For the unemployed—we pray for meaningful work.
For the homeless—we pray for a decent place to call home. For the hopeless—we pray for light to break into the darkness to show the way out. For Your church—we pray unity in essentials of our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord; for diversity and freedom in non-essentials guided by Your Word and Spirit; and for grace, love and charity in all things, to Your glory!
We thank Your Word preached, heard, and understood–now help us to live it in obedience to You; to the praise of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. AMEN
God of compassion, truth, and grace—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—You are good and You are loving; You are faithful and You are strong. You are always near us, and You hear us when we pray … as we do now.
Hear us as we pray for those we love who are sick or injured, hurting in body, soul, mind, or spirit. Please heal them.
Hear us when we pray for those who grieve today—whether the hurt is new or lingering. Please give them comfort in Your presence and hope by Your resurrection.
Hear us as we pray for our nation—for our leaders, guide them in truth, justice, and compassion, that they will lead us in right paths not for political gain or from personal agendas but truly for the good of all people, especially the most vulnerable.
And please protect those who serve to protect us—soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guard; our police, firefighters, EMT’s and aid workers …and we ask Your grace and protection for those displaced by storms or fires and for all those working to aid them whether by restoring power, offering food, water, shelter, or supplies.
Hear us, too, as we pray for the church … Your church: Remind us who and whose we are as Your Disciples. Enable us to be kingdom people who want to know You more; and to trust You more than our own selves; who want to step out of the shadows and show Your love to all the least, the last, and the lost of our world; who are willing to follow wherever You lead us; who are one in truth, one in spirit, and one in serving, encouraging and caring for one another and for our neighbors. This we pray in the name of Jesus the Christ, our Lord and Savior. AMEN
Episcopalian Prayers of the People, Form V
Deacon or other leader
In peace, let us pray to the Lord, saying, “Lord, have mercy”
(or “Kyrie eleison”).
For the holy Church of God, that it may be filled with truth
and love, and be found without fault at the day of your
coming, we pray to you, O Lord.
Here and after every petition the People respond
Kyrie eleison. or Lord, have mercy.
For N. our Presiding Bishop, for N. (N.) our own Bishop(s),
for all bishops and other ministers, and for all the holy people
of God, we pray to you, O Lord.
For all who fear God and believe in you, Lord Christ, that our
divisions may cease, and that all may be one as you and the
Father are one, we pray to you, O Lord.
For the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness it may
preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth, we pray to you, O
For those who do not yet believe, and for those who have lost
their faith, that they may receive the light of the Gospel, we
pray to you, O Lord.
For the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and
forbearance may grow among nations and peoples, we pray
to you, O Lord.
For those in positions of public trust [especially ],
that they may serve justice, and promote the dignity and
freedom of every person, we pray to you, O Lord.
For all who live and work in this community [especially
____________], we pray to you, O Lord.]]
For a blessing upon all human labor, and for the right use
of the riches of creation, that the world may be freed from
poverty, famine, and disaster, we pray to you, O Lord.
For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer; for
refugees, prisoners, and all who are in danger; that they may
be relieved and protected, we pray to you, O Lord.
For this congregation [for those who are present, and for
those who are absent], that we may be delivered from
hardness of heart, and show forth your glory in all that we
do, we pray to you, O Lord.
For our enemies and those who wish us harm, and for all
whom we have injured or offended, we pray to you, O Lord.
For ourselves; for the forgiveness of our sins, and for the
grace of the Holy Spirit to amend our lives, we pray to you, O
For all who have commended themselves to our prayers; for
our families, friends, and neighbors; that being freed from
anxiety, they may live in joy, peace, and health, we pray to
you, O Lord.
For ___________, we pray to you, O Lord.
For all who have died in the communion of your Church, and
those whose faith is known to you alone, that, with all the
saints, they may have rest in that place where there is no pain
or grief, but life eternal, we pray to you, O Lord.
Rejoicing in the fellowship of [the ever-blessed Virgin Mary,
(blessed N.) and] all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another,
and all our life to Christ our God.
To you, O Lord our God.
The Celebrant adds a concluding Collect, or the following Doxology
For yours is the majesty, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, now and
for ever. Amen.
The Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church (1979)
Prayer for the Mission of the Church
Everliving God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ: Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.