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Prayers of the People

The Leader and People pray responsively In peace, we pray to you, Lord God. Silence For all people in their daily life and work;  For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone. For this community, the nation, and the world; For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace. For the just and proper use of your creation; For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression. For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble; For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy. For the peace and unity of the Church of God; For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth. For [N. our Presiding Bishop, and N. (N.) our Bishop(s); and for] all bishops and other ministers; For all who serve God in his Church. For the special needs and concerns of this congregation. Silence The People may add their own petitions Hear us, Lord; For your mercy is great. We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life. Silence The People

Before Meal Prayers

Dear heavenly Father, thank you for this food. Bless it and nourish it to our bodies. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. Catholic Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen. Eastern Orthodox O Christ God, bless the food and drink of Thy servants, for holy art Thou, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen. Anglican Bless, O Father, Thy gifts to our use and us to Thy service; for Christ’s sake. Amen. Lutheran   Come, Lord Jesus, be our Guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed. Amen.

The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of light; true God of true God; begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man. And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried. And the third day He arose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; Whose Kingdom shall have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spoke by the prophets. In one Holy, Catholic, and Ap

The Lord's Prayer (Modern Verson)

Our Life-Source, who is in Heaven, honored be your name; Your rulership come; Your will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us each day the food we need. And forgive us our wrong actions, as we forgive those who have wrongly acted against us. And help us not give into temptation; but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the rulership, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. __________ An inclusive dynamic equivalent translation from the Textus Receptus Greek New Testament by Jay N. Forrest

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God,       the Father almighty,       creator of heaven and earth.  I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.       He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit            and born of the Virgin Mary.       He suffered under Pontius Pilate,            was crucified, died, and was buried.       He descended to the dead.       On the third day he rose again.       He ascended into heaven,            and is seated at the right hand of the Father.       He will come again to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit,       the holy catholic Church,       the communion of saints,       the forgiveness of sins,       the resurrection of the body,       and the life everlasting. Amen. _________ This is from the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer according to the Episcopal Church.

Confession of Sin

Most merciful God,  we confess that we have sinned against you  in thought, word, and deed,  by what we have done,  and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart;  we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.  For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,  have mercy on us and forgive us;  that we may delight in your will,  and walk in your ways,  to the glory of your Name. Amen. [ A deacon or lay person says: ] Almighty God have mercy on us,  forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ,  strengthen us in all goodness,  and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life.  Amen.

A Prayer attributed to St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let us sow love;  where there is injury, pardon;  where there is discord, union;  where there is doubt, faith;  where there is despair, hope;  where there is darkness, light;  where there is sadness, joy.  Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;  to be understood as to understand;  to be loved as to love.  For it is in giving that we receive;  it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;  and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen.

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Jay Forrest is a Christian teacher of the mystic way of union with God as revealed by scripture and tradition. He is a member of the Episcopal Church and the author of The Deeper Life: Finding God on the Mystic Path.

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