The Epistle lesson for today in the Daily Lectionary is Hebrews 11:23-31. After reading it, I was inspired to write this liturgy. Perhaps it could be used in a worship service as the Prayers of the People?
Leader: By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
People: God of Life, your son Jesus called the little children to himself. Give us faith to care for all children who are in danger – children prone to starvation and malnutrition, children without parents or homes, children whose lives are threatened even still while in their mother’s womb, until all children know Your Fatherly love.
Leader: By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.
People: God of Blessing, your Son Jesus proclaimed that your Kingdom has come, and that your Kingdom belongs to the poor. Give us faith to give up our privilege and our wealth and to live with those who possess your Kingdom, even if it means mistreatment and reproach, until our only treasure is that which you have for us in heaven.
Leader: By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.
People: God of Freedom, you led your people safely out of captivity in Egypt, and in Christ lead all out of captivity to sin and shame. Loosen the chains that bind children, women, and men to slavery in our own day. Break the bonds of addiction that hold us captive to the idols of our culture. Give us faith to enter into your promised freedom.
Leader: By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.
People: God of Passover, your Son Jesus is the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world. Cover us in the blood of Christ. Give us faith to be nourished with Christ’s body and blood in the Eucharist. And prepare us, Christ’s Bride, for the Wedding Feast to come.
Leader: By faith, the people crossed the Red Sea as if on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned.
People: God of Covenant, in our baptism you call us out of the ways of sin and into faithfulness to you. Give us faith to hear and obey your voice, that everything we do and say may serve your purpose.
Leader: By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.
People: God of Good News, in Christ, your Kingdom has come, and by your Spirit you have empowered your Church to advance your Kingdom. Give us faith to claim your authority everywhere we go, that walls of division and hostility may crumble, and peoples be reconciled in Christ’s name.
Leader: By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.
People: God of the Outcast, in Christ you have adopted us as your children, unworthy as we are. Give us faith to welcome others as Christ has welcomed us. Strengthen us to offer hospitality to all your people, and humble us to receive hospitality from all – saint and sinner, Pharisee and tax collector, maiden and prostitute. May your Church be a sign of your promised peace, justice and reconciliation. Bring new life through Your Church into Your world. Amen.