5th Sunday in Lent – Year A

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

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 hope.  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 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.

You, Lord Christ, are the resurrection and the life.  You, glorious one, redeemer of the whole world, by your obedience have given us the free gift of God – the free gift of eternal 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 but look to you in faith, asking that you would grant us grace to be slaves of righteousness, obedient from our hearts to God alone.

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 in the persecuted church.

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.

Lord we lay before you the cares and worries of our lives, looking to you, the Eternal God, 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 dying, 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.  Our souls wait for you alone, O Lord, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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