Proper 18 | Year B

God of hope,
when Your hungry people longed for the slave food of Egypt,
You opened the doors of heaven and rained down manna.
Feed us with the bread of life at Your table,
that we may taste the freedom of eternal life
and lead lives worthy of our calling.

We pray for those whose daily need
for nutritious food, clean water, and proper shelter goes un-met,
and for those misusing what they have
in the vain pursuit of pleasure.
Feed them with all the good things of Christ
for life now and in eternity.

Have mercy on those whose lives
have been broken by violence and crime.
Feed them with hope and a new life in Christ.
And bless our brothers and sisters in prison
and those who minister to them.

Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

You hear us calling,
You hear us calling,
Abba Father

Almighty, all-merciful God,
through Christ Jesus you have taught us to love one another,
to love our neighbors as ourselves,
and even to love our enemies.

In times of violence and fear,
let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts,
so that we may not be overcome with evil
but overcome evil with good.

Help us to see each person in light of the love and grace
You have shown us in Christ.
Put away the nightmares of terror
and awaken us to the dawning of Your new creation.

Establish among us a future where peace reigns,
where justice is accomplished with mercy, and all are reconciled.

Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

You hear us calling,
You hear us calling,
Abba Father

Merciful Father, You heard the prayers of Your people
in the wilderness and fed them bread from heaven despite their sin.
Graciously hear us today and feed us too with the Bread of Life.

Feed those who are sick or sorrowing
with healing and consolation through Christ.
We pray particularly for those mourning the loss of loved ones.
And meet the needs of others we know personally to be in want
and whom we now name silently in our hearts...

Loving God,
open our ears to hear Your word
and draw us closer to You,
that the whole world may be one with You
as You are one with us in Christ.

All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy.