September 17, 2022

Prayer for Towns and Rural Areas

Lord Christ, when you came among us, you proclaimed the kingdom of God in villages, towns, and lonely places: Grant that your presence and power may be known throughout this land. Have mercy upon all of us who live and work in rural areas; and grant that all the people of our nation may give thanks to you for food and drink and all other bodily necessities of life, respect those who labor to produce them, and honor the land and the water from which these good things come. All this we ask in your holy Name. Amen.

Psalm 76

In Judah is God known; *

his Name is great in Israel.
At Salem is his tabernacle, *

and his dwelling is in Zion.
There he broke the flashing arrows, *

the shield, the sword, and the weapons of battle.
How glorious you are! *

more splendid than the everlasting mountains!
The strong of heart have been despoiled;
they sink into sleep; *

none of the warriors can lift a hand.
At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, *

both horse and rider lie stunned.
What terror you inspire! *

who can stand before you when you are angry?
From heaven you pronounced judgment; *

the earth was afraid and was still;
When God rose up to judgment *

and to save all the oppressed of the earth.
Truly, wrathful Edom will give you thanks, *

and the remnant of Hamath will keep your feasts.
Make a vow to the Lord your God and keep it; *

let all around him bring gifts to him who is worthy to be feared.
He breaks the spirit of princes, *

and strikes terror in the kings of the earth.

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