O God, Who Made the World

Responsive prayers by Margaret D. McGee, for use during Easter season.

O God, who made the world and everything in it, we pray with one voice, proclaiming your presence to all the earth.

For skeptics and believers, for clergy high and low,
For those who seek God at home, at work, in the streets, and in the pews,
For all who search for life, come and listen:

And we will tell you what our God has done for us. 

We are alive in the spirit.
We are saved through water.
Because Christ lives, we also live.

For we too are God’s offspring.

For presidents and prime ministers, for bosses and wardens,
For those who set the course at home, at work, in the streets, and in the pews,
For all who wield power, come and listen:

And we will tell you what our God has done for us.

We do not fear what others fear.
We proclaim the hope that is in us.
Because Christ lives, we also live.

For we too are God’s offspring.

For friends and lovers, for neighbors and strangers,
For those who eat bread at home, at work, in the streets, and in the pews,
For all who live in the world, come and listen:

And we will tell you what our God has done for us.

In God, we live and move and have our being.
From God, we have life and breath and all things.
Because Christ lives, we also live.

For we too are God’s offspring.

For the sick and troubled, for the fearful and alone,
For those in pain at home, at work, in the streets, and in the pews,
For all who suffer, come and listen:

And we will tell you what our God has done for us.

Our prayers are not rejected.
Our souls are held in life.
In truth, our God has heard us,
and love is not withheld.
Because Christ lives, we also live.

For we too are God’s offspring.

For those kept in memory, for those long forgotten,
For all who ever took the breath of life at home, at work, in the streets, and in the pews,
For the dead and those who mourn them, come and listen:

And we will tell you what our God has done for us.

We are blessed by your presence.
We are filled with the Spirit.
Because Christ lives, we also live.

For we too are God’s offspring.

God of heaven and earth, Companion in life, Spirit of truth, to you alone we turn our eyes and lift our hearts.

Amen.

These prayers were first used on April 27, 2008 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Port Townsend, Washington. At the early service, the role of the leader was shared by a male and a female voice, reading the short leader’s lines alternately.

They take language and inspiration from the Bible readings for the sixth Sunday of Easter Season (Year A):

Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:7-18
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21

More about responsive prayer.

References:

Acts 17:22-31  The God who made the world and everything in it … Lord of heaven and earth … he gives to all mortals life and breath and all things … whole earth … search for God … In him we live and move and have our being … For we too are his offspring … God’s offspring.

Psalm 66:7-18  Who holds our souls in life … Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he has done for me. … But in truth God has heard me … Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, nor withheld his love from me.

1 Peter 3:13-22  You are blessed … Do not fear what they fear … the hope that is in you … made alive in the spirit … saved through water

John 14:15-21  Spirit of truth … because I live, you also will live.

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