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Baptism of Jesus / Scott, Lorenzo / 1987 (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
  • God of justice and peace,
    from the heavens you rain down mercy and kindness,
    that all on earth may stand in awe and wonder
    before your marvelous deeds.
    Raise our heads in expectation,
    that we may yearn for the coming day of the Lord
    and stand without blame before your Son, Jesus Christ,
    who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
  • Intercessory
  • We seek the mighty God
    in the most unlikely places
    as a child in a stable,
    and in an empty tomb.
    May God hear these prayers,
    which come from the unlikely corners of our lives.

    Prayers of the People, concluding with:

    Give us ears to hear, O God,
    and eyes to watch,
    that we may know your presence in our midst
    during this holy season of joy
    as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. Amen.
  • Scripture
  • Creator of the world,
    you are the potter, we are the clay,
    and you form us in your image.
    Shape our spirits
    by Christ's transforming power,
    that as one people
    we may live out your compassion and justice,
    whole and sound in the realm of your peace. Amen.