Prayers for the Fifth Sunday in Lent – Year A (BCP)

Readings: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 6:16-23; John 11:1-44

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

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We wait for you alone, Sovereign Lord.
With you there is plenteous redemption.
With you there is mercy.
With you there is forgiveness.
With you alone, God of all that is, lie all our hopes for wholeness and the redemption of our sins.
In your everlasting and life-giving word we find our joy.
Come now, Living God, and fill up our prayers with your Holy Spirit.
Our souls wait for you alone.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord, you uncover 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.

You, Lord Christ, are the resurrection and the life.
You, glorious one, redeemer of the whole world,
Have given us abundant life.
How we praise the riches of your grace, lavished upon us in your forgiveness and redemption!
Thank you Lord Jesus.
We pray for your church throughout the world.
Unify us, Holy Spirit, that together we might be sanctified in your truth.
We offer ourselves no longer as slaves to death,
And we look to you in faith.
Grant us grace to be slaves of righteousness, obedient from our hearts to you alone.

I invite you to pray for the church throughout the world.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord, we believe that you are the giver of all life.
We surrender before you the seemingly dead things, the hopeless looking things of our life.
We offer you the deep places in our hearts, the places where we feel cut off, dried up, the places where all hope is lost.
You alone are Lord of our whole lives; you alone know us full well.
We believe that you are the Lord.
Come, Holy Spirit and breathe on the barren places of our hearts that we may know that you are the Lord.

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 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, and for anyone whose spirit has been crushed and deeply wounded.
We remember the starving, the sick, the poor, the homeless, the terminally ill, and those crippled by pain and infirmity.
The groaning of the world is too much for us to bear.
Come quickly to us, Lord Jesus, you who took on flesh and understand all our pain.
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.

Lord, you know us through and through.
Look in the deep places of our beings, and create in us clean hearts.
Give us a right abhorrence for our own sins.
Help us to be alert and self-controlled,
That we may flee the snares of our enemy.
Reveal areas 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.
Deliver us from evil, Merciful Father,
And sustain us with your gracious and bountiful Spirit.

I invite your prayers for repentance and perseverance.

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.

Holy God, you dwell among your people,
And our hearts are full of gratitude for your closeness.
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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