Prayers for the 1st Sunday in Lent – Year C (RCL)

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

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

O God of our salvation, we rejoice in all the good that you have given to your people;
We remember our stories,
How we have lived in slavery under harsh taskmasters that seek our humiliation,
How we cried to you, O God of our fathers,
And you heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression.
You have brought us out of death with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.
And you promise us a land flowing with milk and honey.
Receive now this offering of thanksgiving,
And grant us hearts that approach you with true worship and gratitude.

I invite you to offer your praises and thanksgivings to the Lord.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

You are the rightful Lord of the whole creation,
And you alone are worthy of the worship and service of all people.
May your kingdom come in the midst of unrest and war,
Set to rights our earth ridden with corruption and violence, brutality and 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 Barack, our president, and the other leaders of the world.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You are our God, and we are your people.
How we long to have hearts that believe in your resurrection power,
And mouths that confess your unchallenged Lordship!
You have given us faith,
That the whole world might know of your great love.
Quicken our hearts to respond to you,
And make your church fruitful as we share in the power of your death and resurrection,
That your name would be glorified to the ends of the earth.

I invite you to pray for the church throughout the world, especially as we begin this season of Lent.

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 the needs of others.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We ask that you would sustain us this week,
And we trust 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 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, forgiveness, and deliverance from evil.

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.
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.
Be to us a dwelling place and a refuge,
That no evil might befall us.
We are desperate for the protection of your presence;
We hold fast to you in love,
Trusting that you will show us your salvation.
Be with us in our trouble, Lord,
And satisfy us with your life
 Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
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