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Youth Ministry Sunday - LiturgyThe Prayer of the Day: The prayer appointed for Pentecost 20, Proper 27, is prayed. It may be followed by another invitation, "Let us pray…" and the collect for Young Persons page 51 in the Lutheran Book of Worship may be used.

The appointed lessons:

Exodus 20:1–4, 7–9, 12–20
Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b–14
Matthew 21:33–46

The prayers of the people:

"O Lord, Hear my Prayer" (With One Voice 772) may be sung as the congregational response to each petition.

L: Let us pray for the people of God everywhere, for our own families and friends and for all people in need saying "We cry out to you, O God" and responding by saying (singing) "O Lord, hear my prayer…"

L: For the church in whatever form or place it gathers—whether in cathedrals or mud huts, in churches or chapels, in homes, in fields or in university gyms—and especially for our bishops and chief pastors—John Paul II, Bishop of Rome; Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael Peers and Michael Ingham, Bishops of the Anglican Church in Canada; and Raymond, Gerhardt, Stephen, Cindy, Richard and Michael, Bishops of our Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada: that the leaders and members of the Church might always take courage from the promise that God is with us, that Christ is leading us and that the Spirit is moving among us. WE CRY OUT TO YOU, O GOD…

C: O Lord, hear my prayer…

L: For the earth and its creatures: that, in thanksgiving for God's gracious and generous gift of this planet, we might live gently upon it and work diligently to heal it. WE CRY OUT TO YOU, O GOD…

C: O Lord, hear my prayer…

L: For nations suffering from civil war or famine or poverty: that, in solidarity with them, we might do what we can to bring peace to their lives and homes, food to their bodies, hope to their souls and justice to their lands. WE CRY OUT TO YOU, O GOD…

C: O Lord, hear my prayer…

L: For the leaders and citizens of countries-especially our own; and for the cities and towns from which we have come and to which we will go and serve: that God might bless us with honest and compassionate government, with generous and hospitable people and with fertile soil, sufficient rain, abundant crops, safe streets, good schools and loving homes. WE CRY OUT TO YOU, O GOD…

C: O Lord, hear my prayer…

L: For young people everywhere who cry out in joy or freedom, in sadness or hope, in hunger or plenty, in longing or loneliness: that we and they might always remember that all of us are God's somebodies-loved, accepted, wanted and precious. WE CRY OUT TO YOU, O GOD…

C: O Lord, hear my prayer…

L: For people of all ages who are wounded or weak in body or spirit, whose hearts are hungry for love or whose lives thirst for meaning, especially those we name before God now in silence or aloud…(Pause): that they might find healing and hope in the truth that God is at their side, that Jesus stands with them, and that the Spirit lives within them. WE CRY OUT TO YOU, O GOD…

C: O Lord, hear my prayer…

L: For everyone who has attended the CRY OUT youth gathering, for the national youth work leaders, and for those at home who supported youth to be involved: that the friendships developed and the time spent together might bring participants joy and strength, comfort and courage in their lives. That the Church may be renewed, and that God might give us the willingness and the ability to be servants of God, of one another and of the world.WE CRY OUT TO YOU, O GOD…

C: O Lord, hear my prayer…

Additional petitions may be added as indicated locally.

L: Into your hands, O Living God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy through your only Beloved, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving:The eucharistic prayer used at the closing Sunday eucharist of the national youth gathering was adapted from two of the eucharistic prayers included in Gathered for Worship.

Eucharistic Prayer A, lines 1 through 23 omitting the responses
Eucharistic Prayer G, lines 12 through 36, 50 through to the end using the first prayer option.

Post-communion prayer:We praise you, O Merciful God, for these gifts of bread and wine, your perfect food, sweeter than honey and reviving our souls. By these, Christ's wounds, enlighten our eyes, that whole and sound, young and old, we may serve you in unity and grace, taking your message to the ends of the earth. Amen. (Based on Psalm 19)

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