1st Sunday in Lent, Year A

Readings: Genesis 2:4-3:7; Psalm 51:1-13; Romans 5:12-21; Matthew 4:1-11

In faith, let us pray to the Lord, saying….

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Almighty God, Creator of the heavens and the earth, you are before all things, and in you all things are held together.  You spoke, and it was.  How magnificent your power!  How beautiful your handiwork!  How marvelous are your ways, holy God, maker and sustainer of all life.  We are mindful that we are but dust, and we stand in awe that you, the Lord of all the earth, have breathed your breath of life on us, men and women whom you fashioned after your own likeness.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

You are the rightful Lord of all the earth, and you alone are worthy of the worship and service of all people.  May your kingdom come in the midst of unrest and war, corruption and violence, brutality and human suffering.  We commit into your care the plight of the world, asking that your life-giving word would spread to every corner of the globe.

I invite you to pray for the world, remembering especially the people of Kenya, the Congo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and North Korea.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We pray for your church throughout the world.  During this season of Lent, help us to see anew the gravity of our sin and the awfulness of the reign of sin and death.  Make us truly repentant, Lord, for it is against you only that we have sinned.  Help us to hear joy and gladness in the marvelous hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, the bringer of a reign of grace, righteousness and eternal life.  May your kingdom come, causing the truth of your deliverance and salvation to take deep root in our hearts.

I invite you to pray for the church throughout the world, remembering especially our brothers and sisters in Rwamagana Parish, Rwanda and Boma, Dominican Republic.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We ask that your will be done in our lives and in the world.  We humble ourselves before you,  praying for all that weighs heavily on our hearts as we remember our own cares and the needs of others.  We believe that you, the creator and sustainer of all things, care for all people and are mindful of their needs.  We remember those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit.  We pray for the poor, the sick, the afflicted, the lonely, the forgotten, the oppressed and the desperate.  The groaning of the world is too much for us to bear.  Come quickly to us, Lord Jesus, you who understand all our pain.  May your presence be our peace.

I invite you to pray for your own requests and for the needs of others.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We ask that you would sustain us this week, trusting that you are present with us every day.  Give us a hunger for your word, and help us to make space to listen to you.  We confess our need for you – for your wisdom and guidance, for your protection and provision, for your help and comfort.  In every area of our lives we need you, Lord, and we ask that you would be our daily portion.

I invite your prayers for the upcoming week.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Lord, you know all things, you know us through and through.  Look in the deep places of our beings, and create in us clean hearts.  Help us to see any area of unconfessed sin, and give us godly sorrow that leads to repentance.  Show us where we have withheld forgiveness, and, because of your great mercy, grant us grace to forgive others.

I invite you to pray for repentance and to forgive as Christ has forgiven you.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Thank you, Lord, for the riches of your grace, for your cleansing and deliverance.  Help us to not think lightly of our sins and to not receive your grace thoughtlessly.  Give us a right abhorrence for our own sins, and do not lead us into temptation.  Help us to be alert and self-controlled, that we may flee the snares of our enemy.  Deliver us from evil, and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit.

I invite your prayers for protection and perseverance.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Our hearts are full of gratitude for your nearness, holy God who dwells among his people.  Who is like you, O Lord?  Your majesty astounds us, your holiness overwhelms us, and yet, in your mercy you draw near to us.  Open our lips, and our mouths will proclaim your praise.  Our tongues will sing of your righteousness and salvation, and our hearts will rejoice in your goodness.   We gladly offer you our lives, surrendering all to you through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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