3rd Sunday in Lent, Year A

Readings: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95:6-11; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-39

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

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We come to you, O Lord our Maker, bowing down our hearts before you.  You are our God.  We are the people of your pasture and the sheep of your hand.  Oh, that today we would hearken to your voice!

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Our hearts are full of joy as we consider your wonderful salvation.  Behold what manner of love is this that we should be called children of God!  Come, Holy Spirit, and fill your church with the love of God.  May the church throughout the world overflow wth the hope of the glory of God, greatly rejoicing in the Lord Jesus Christ our great redeemer and savior.  We pray that the good news of salvation would go out into all the earth, that the Lord Jesus Christ, the one who reconciles sinners to a holy God, would be forever welcomed, praised, and exalted with all thanksgiving in every corner of the world.

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

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We pray for the suffering church.  O Lord, God of all sorrow, grant us grace to rejoice in our sufferings.  We desire endurance.  We want to be people of character, marked by hope.  Yet we confess that we often shrink from suffering and pain.  How we praise you, Lord Jesus Christ, for your faithful obedience unto death!  Help your church throughout the world to be imitators of you, Lord Christ, willing workers to do your will and accomplish your work, Loving Father.

I invite you to pray for the church throughout the world, remembering especially our brothers and sisters in Rwamagana Parish, Rwanda, in Boma, Dominican Republic, and all believers who share in the sufferings of Christ.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Lord, we believe that you are among us.  We have tasted your faithfulness, and we trust in your everlasting guidance and provision.  Come, Holy Spirit, and soften our hearts, that we may be worshippers who worship in spirit and in truth.

Silence

Lord we lay before you the cares and worries of our lives, looking to you, the Living Water, the source of all life and hope to satisfy us.  We remember those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit.  We think of the glaring need of the world: the starving, the sick, the poor, the homeless, the terminally ill, those crippled by pain and infirmity.  You who took on the frailty of human flesh, remember those whose physical needs overwhelm them.

I invite you to pray for those  in need.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Lord of all the earth, we believe in your kingdom of justice, righteousness, and truth.  We pray for those who suffer because of injustice and human evil.  We remember victims of abuse, slaves, prisoners, orphans, widows, and those captive to addictions and despair.  We pray for the depressed,  the lonely and forgotten, for those weighed down by anxiety and guilt, for anyone whose spirit has been crushed and deeply wounded.   The groaning of the world is too much for us to bear.  Come quickly to us, Lord Jesus, you who understand all our pain and let us drink deeply of the peace of your presence.

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.

We thank you for your church—for all who have been given your grace in Christ Jesus. How beautiful is the bride of Christ, stretching back throughout the ages and across the world, crossing boundaries of time and place! We remember now those who have gone before us, those who have died in the faith, trusting that they are in your care.

I invite your thanksgivings to God for those who have died in the faith.

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.  You are the Living God, the giver of all life, the God who reconciles even his enemies to himself.  We rest in your peace, putting all our hope in you alone, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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One thought on “3rd Sunday in Lent, Year A

  1. mike sellers says:

    Thank you, a lovely prayer

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