For Those Who Have Forgotten You

O God,
no one can escape your Spirit,
and none may flee from your presence.
We pray for those who have forgotten you
and have wandered  in disobedience to your will
and neglected your holy Word and Sacraments.
May your Holy Spirit continue to strive with them,
may your exceeding great love still plead with them,
to bring them home to yourself again,
that they may rejoice in your salvation
and glorify your blessed name.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 54

Original has: “and neglected your holy Church and Sacraments.”

Forgive and Deliver

O Lord,
forgive the offenses of your people,
that by your goodness
we may be delivered from the bonds of sin
which we have brought on ourselves
because of our weakness;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Gregorian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Trinity

Source of this version: Translation © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Prayer for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord Jesus Christ,
be merciful to us for your name’s sake.
When we wander from you,
bring us back,
wash away the sins that we have committed,
and set us, whom you have redeemed
at your right hand when you come to be our judge;
through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881,p. 37 #3 (Trinity 23)

“When we wander from you…” is a reference to Psalm 23:3Matthew 18:12Luke 15:4

“wash away the sins…” is a reference to Psalm 51:2Acts 22:16, 2 Corinthians 7:1James 4:81 John 1:71 John 1:9

“and set us, …at your right hand ..” is a reference to Psalm 16:11Matthew 25:34

Redirect Those Who are in Error

Almighty God,
you redirect those who are in error
by the light of your truth
so they may return to the way of righteousness.
Grant that all who are brought
into the fellowship of Christ’s kingdom
may avoid those things that are hurtful to their faith
and follow all things that strengthen them in it;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Leonine Sacramentary, 6th-7th Centuries, Historic Collect for the Third Sunday after Easter

Source of this version: Translation © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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May the Lord Direct Our Hearts

May the Lord direct our hearts,
this day and for ever,
in the love of God
and in the patient waiting for Christ.
The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Parts are from Sarum Rite (“The Lord bless us…”).

Source of this version: The gospel of the kingdom, a vade-mecum of texts and prayers of intercession, ed. Hugh Croskery, 1877

Prepare Us for All the Events of This Day

O Lord,
prepare us for all the events of this day,
for we do not know what a day may bring forth.
Give us to stand complete in your whole will;
to deny ourselves,
to take up our cross daily,
and to follow Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Modified from Miscellaneous Writings of Matthew Henry, (Wikipedia: Matthew Henry, d. 1714)

“to deny ourselves, to take up our cross daily…” is a reference to Luke 9:23

Prayer Reflecting on Violence in Milwaukee, August 13-14, 2016

O, dear Lord Jesus Christ,
you told your disciples,
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled,
neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).
When we see violence instead of peace,
it is so tempting to let our hearts be troubled and afraid.
That Thursday night in that upper room
the peace you spoke of was the peace of forgiveness,
the peace of being connected to you,
the peace of being children of God in faith.
Turn our eyes to your cross
to remember how from the violence of your cross
you brought forth peace and reconciliation for the world.
Renew in our hearts the peace you promised,
and make us your people who share that peace.
Guide us so that when we feel frustrated and angry,
we still seek to glorify you
and love and serve our neighbors.
From your holy Gospel,
bring your peace and reconciliation
to individual hearts,
and so dispel trouble and calm fear;
in your most holy name we ask it.
Amen.

Source: © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

 

 

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