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Florence Nightingale as the Lady with the Lamp / Butterworth, James / 1839-1854 (Click the picture for more information)
Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. A complete edition of the prayers is available though Augsburg Fortress [link].
  • Thematic
  • Shepherd of Israel, hear our prayer
    as your Son heard the plea
    of the criminal crucified with him.
    Gather into Christ's holy reign
    the broken, the sorrowing, and the sinner,
    that all may know
    wholeness, joy, and forgiveness. Amen.
  • Intercessory
  • As the shepherd who cares for the flock, O God,
    you guide all things through Jesus
    whom you have exalted over all creation as king.
    Hear the prayers we offer in his name
    for the creation he cherished
    and that you entrust to us.

    Prayers of the People, concluding with:

    Look upon your people who rejoice in your justice and mercy,
    and grant that the prayers we make
    may reveal Christ's reign in our time. Amen.
  • Scripture (Series 1, Semicontinuous)
  • You raised up your Son, O God,
    and seated him at your right hand
    as the shepherd and king
    who seeks what is lost,
    binds up what is wounded,
    and strengthens what is weak.
    Empowered by the Spirit,
    grant that we may share with others
    that which we have received from your hand,
    to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


    Lord God,
    your power was revealed
    when you raised Christ from the dead
    and seated him at your right hand.
    Grant that we may always give you thanks
    for your immeasurable love
    and show that gratitude in loving service
    to all our brothers and sisters
    through Jesus Christ. Amen.
  • Scripture (Series 2, Complementary)
  • O God,
    in Jesus Christ we celebrate your power at work.
    You raised him from the dead
    to rule with you forevermore.
    Enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
    that we may see the hope
    to which Christ calls us,
    a realm of eternal peace. Amen.