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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
  • Holy God,
    you spoke the world into being.
    Pour your Spirit to the ends of the earth,
    that your children may return from exile
    as citizens of your commonwealth,
    and our divisions may be healed
    by your word of love and righteousness. Amen.
  • Intercessory
  • Empowering God,
    you gave the church
    the abiding presence of your Holy Spirit.
    Look upon your church today and hear our petitions.

    Prayers of the People, concluding with:

    Grant that, gathered and directed by your Spirit,
    we may confess Christ as Lord
    and combine our diverse gifts with a singular passion
    to continue his mission in this world
    until we join in your eternal praise. Amen.
  • Scripture
  • Creator Spirit and Giver of life,
    make the dry, bleached bones of our lives
    live and breathe and grow again
    as you did of old.
    Pour out your Spirit upon the whole creation.
    Come in rushing wind and flashing fire
    to turn the sin and sorrow within us
    into faith, power, and delight. Amen.