4th Sunday in Lent – Year A

Readings: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:1-14; John 9:1-38

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

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

O Lord, who looks upon the heart, who sees us as we truly are, come now and shine your light into our darkness.  Let the true light of the whole world break into our darkness, awaken us from our sleep, and ready us to do your work.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Lord, you see all things, you know every detail of the plight of the world.  You see in this moment the strife, suffering, and evil that covers the earth.  You, in a glance, know the acts of mercy, kindness, and charity that are happening right now.  You see the hearts and intentions of all people, from the loftiest ruler of the nations to the seemingly forgotten family living in poverty and obscurity.  Have mercy on the peoples of the world, Sovereign Lord, and remember them in their present need.  Jesus, light of the world, bring the glory of your presence to all the nations on the earth.

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 your church throughout the world.  Awaken us from our slumber, Lord Christ, and renew our energy to work your will!  We desire to imitate you, to walk in love as you did.  Grant us the grace and willingness to offer up our very selves, for we believe that our surrendered lives are a fragrant offering before you, the one who is worthy of all worship.

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

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Lord, we believe that you have brought us from darkness into light.  We receive our new identity as children of light.  Come, Holy Spirit, and help us to discern your will in every area of our lives that we may follow after Christ, pursuing all that is good and right and true.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

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 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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