Prayers for the 2nd Sunday of Easter – Year A

Readings: Acts 2:14a, 22-32 or Genesis 8:6-16; 9:8-16; Psalm 111 or 118:19-24; Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

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

Hear us Risen Lord,

Our resurrection and our life.

Blessed are you, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  We will give you thanks with our whole hearts, studying and delighting in your marvelous works.  In your great mercy, you have sent redemption to your people.  We rejoice in your resurrection triumph and add our voices to the unending chorus that declares the praise, glory, and honor due your holy name.

Silence

Hear us Risen Lord,

Our resurrection and our life.

Lord Jesus, we hear the story of your meeting with your disciples after your resurrection.  We imagine their joy at encountering you, triumphant and victorious over the grave.  O Lord, though we have not seen you, we love you.  Count us part of those who have not seen and yet have believed!  Grant your church grace to be people of faith, people who believe in the living hope of your resurrection, people who believe in our promised inheritance of your salvation, people who say again and again, “Jesus has triumphed!  Jesus is exalted!”  We pray for your church throughout the world, grieved by various trials.  May the tested genuineness of our faith result in praise, glory, and honor at your revelation.  May we stand firm, faithfully declaring your gospel, truthfully giving witness to your living, resurrection power.

I invite you to pray for perseverance in the midst of trials for the church throughout the world.

Silence

I invite you to pray for the work of the church throughout the world, remembering especially people who do not yet believe the truth about Jesus.

Silence

Hear us Risen Lord,

Our resurrection and our life.

O Lord, you know the world in which we live.  Our minds and hearts are bombarded by stories of violence and hurt, starvation and suffering, war and enmity throughout the world.  You dwelt among us and lived the suffering of the human condition.  You took upon yourself the weight of injustice and evil.  You see all the world in this moment and no instance of pain escapes your attention.  Praise you, Lord Jesus!

Help us to see as you see, Lord Christ, to fix our minds even in the face of suffering on you. We consider your cross, Jesus, and how hopeless it appears, and we marvel at your transforming power that brought about victory and new life from such a moment of darkness and despair.  How we praise you, Lord Christ!  We will say it again and again, “Jesus has triumphed!  Jesus is exalted!”  We trust in your everlasting triumph and look to you with hope.  Grant us your grace to live well today in the midst of all this suffering.  Teach us to live in a world so torn asunder.  Help us to see how we can serve the suffering, the hungry, the imprisoned, and the sick in your name, Lord Jesus.

I invite your prayers for those who suffer throughout the world and for those ministering to them in Christ’s name.

Silence

Hear us Risen Lord,

Our resurrection and our life.

O Lord, you are mindful of all our ways.   You know the thoughts and intentions of our hearts, our daily joys and difficulties, the cares that weigh us down and the things that delight our hearts.  Lord of all the earth, highly exalted one enthroned above the heavens, how can it be that you desire to hear from us?  How is it that you invite us to commune and pray with you, the Creator and Sustainer of all things?  Help us to seize moments this week to come away and be with you, to remember your presence with us in every moment of our day, no matter our circumstances saying to ourselves again and again, “Jesus has triumphed!  Jesus is exalted!”  We offer our lives to you, Lord of all, desiring to surrender every corner of our person to your lordship:

I invite you to cast all your worries and concerns on the Lord.

Silence

I invite you to pray for those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit.

Silence

I invite you to commit the work of your hands to the Lord.

Silence

I invite you to ask for discernment in all your decisions this week.

Silence

I invite you to offer up any other prayers and intercessions.

Silence

Hear us Risen Lord,

Our resurrection and our life.

We think of the women at your tomb, Lord Christ, those who first saw you after your glorious resurrection.  We imagine that locked room, where Thomas saw your wounds with his own eyes.  We think of the millions of our brothers and sisters throughout the ages who, though they have not seen you, together have believed and proclaimed your victory.  We join our voices with theirs to say it again and again, “Jesus has triumphed!  Jesus is exalted!”  How good it is to be part of your church, stretching back to those first believers and spreading throughout the corners of the world.  Thank you Lord for those who have gone before us, those who have died in the faith.  Our hearts are encouraged by their faithful examples and we remember them now, trusting that they are in your care.

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

Silence

Hear us Risen Lord,

Our resurrection and our life.

Merciful God, we believe that we are sinners.  We trust your word, which teaches us that if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  We believe that if we confess our sins, you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

Silence

Leader & People:

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;

in your compassion forgive us our sins,

known and unknown,

things done and left undone;

and so uphold us by your Spirit

that we may live and serve you in newness of life,

to the honor and glory of your Name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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Prayers for the 2nd Sunday of Easter – Year A (BCP)

Readings: Acts 2:14a, 22-32 or Genesis 8:6-16; 9:8-16; Psalm 111 or 118:19-24; Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

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

Hear us Risen Lord,

Our resurrection and our life.

Blessed are you, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  We will give you thanks with our whole hearts, studying and delighting in your marvelous works.  In your great mercy, you have sent redemption to your people.  We rejoice in your resurrection triumph and add our voices to the unending chorus that declares the praise, glory, and honor due your holy name.

Silence

Hear us Risen Lord,

Our resurrection and our life.

Lord Jesus, we hear the story of your meeting with your disciples after your resurrection.  We imagine their joy at encountering you, triumphant and victorious over the grave.  O Lord, though we have not seen you, we love you.  Count us part of those who have not seen and yet have believed!  Grant your church grace to be people of faith, people who believe in the living hope of your resurrection, people who believe in our promised inheritance of your salvation, people who say again and again, “Jesus has triumphed!  Jesus is exalted!”  We pray for your church throughout the world, grieved by various trials.  May the tested genuineness of our faith result in praise, glory, and honor at your revelation.  May we stand firm, faithfully declaring your gospel, truthfully giving witness to your living, resurrection power.

I invite you to pray for perseverance in the midst of trials for the church throughout the world.

Silence

I invite you to pray for the work of the church throughout the world, remembering especially people who do not yet believe the truth about Jesus.

Silence

Hear us Risen Lord,

Our resurrection and our life.

O Lord, you know the world in which we live.  Our minds and hearts are bombarded by stories of violence and hurt, starvation and suffering, war and enmity throughout the world.  You dwelt among us and lived the suffering of the human condition.  You took upon yourself the weight of injustice and evil.  You see all the world in this moment and no instance of pain escapes your attention.  Praise you, Lord Jesus!

Help us to see as you see, Lord Christ, to fix our minds even in the face of suffering on you. We consider your cross, Jesus, and how hopeless it appears, and we marvel at your transforming power that brought about victory and new life from such a moment of darkness and despair.  How we praise you, Lord Christ!  We will say it again and again, “Jesus has triumphed!  Jesus is exalted!”  We trust in your everlasting triumph and look to you with hope.  Grant us your grace to live well today in the midst of all this suffering.  Teach us to live in a world so torn asunder.  Help us to see how we can serve the suffering, the hungry, the imprisoned, and the sick in your name, Lord Jesus.

I invite your prayers for those who suffer throughout the world and for those ministering to them in Christ’s name.

Silence

Hear us Risen Lord,

Our resurrection and our life.

O Lord, you are mindful of all our ways.   You know the thoughts and intentions of our hearts, our daily joys and difficulties, the cares that weigh us down and the things that delight our hearts.  Lord of all the earth, highly exalted one enthroned above the heavens, how can it be that you desire to hear from us?  How is it that you invite us to commune and pray with you, the Creator and Sustainer of all things?  Help us to seize moments this week to come away and be with you, to remember your presence with us in every moment of our day, no matter our circumstances saying to ourselves again and again, “Jesus has triumphed!  Jesus is exalted!”  We offer our lives to you, Lord of all, desiring to surrender every corner of our person to your lordship:

I invite you to cast all your worries and concerns on the Lord.

Silence

I invite you to pray for those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit.

Silence

I invite you to commit the work of your hands to the Lord.

Silence

I invite you to ask for discernment in all your decisions this week.

Silence

I invite you to offer up any other prayers and intercessions.

Silence

Hear us Risen Lord,

Our resurrection and our life.

We think of the women at your tomb, Lord Christ, those who first saw you after your glorious resurrection.  We imagine that locked room, where Thomas saw your wounds with his own eyes.  We think of the millions of our brothers and sisters throughout the ages who, though they have not seen you, together have believed and proclaimed your victory.  We join our voices with theirs to say it again and again, “Jesus has triumphed!  Jesus is exalted!”  How good it is to be part of your church, stretching back to those first believers and spreading throughout the corners of the world.  Thank you Lord for those who have gone before us, those who have died in the faith.  Our hearts are encouraged by their faithful examples and we remember them now, trusting that they are in your care.

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

Silence

Hear us Risen Lord,

Our resurrection and our life.

Merciful God, we believe that we are sinners.  We trust your word, which teaches us that if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  We believe that if we confess our sins, you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

Silence

Leader & People:

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;

in your compassion forgive us our sins,

known and unknown,

things done and left undone;

and so uphold us by your Spirit

that we may live and serve you in newness of life,

to the honor and glory of your Name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayers for Easter Sunday – All Years (BCP & RCL)

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

Hear us Risen Lord,
Our resurrection and our life.

O Lord, our hearts overflow with sounds of exultation and victory.
We will say it again and again, “Jesus has triumphed!  Jesus is exalted!”
Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in might;
Your right hand, O Lord, has overthrown the enemy.
Who is like you, O Lord, glorious in holiness, awesome in renown, and worker of wonders?
This is your doing, O God who is our strength and salvation, yours alone,
And it is marvelous in our eyes.
On this day, you have acted;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

I invite your praises and thanksgivings.

Silence

Hear us Risen Christ,
Our resurrection and our life.

Your word, O Lord, is right,
And all your works are sure.
Your loving-kindness fills the whole earth,
And your word sustains every living thing.
We have heard the record of your saving deeds in history,
How you saved your people in ages past.
Bring us now into the fullness of redemption,
For surely it is God alone who saves us.
We will trust in you and not be afraid,
Saying again and again to the entire world, “Jesus has triumphed!  Jesus is exalted!”
May your deeds be known to the ends of the earth.
And may your name be exalted among all peoples,
For you are worthy of unending praise.

I invite you to pray for the work of the worldwide church, remembering especially people who have not yet heard the good news about Jesus.

Silence

I invite you to pray for the global Anglican Communion, remembering especially our lay ministers, priests, deacons, and bishops.

Silence

Hear us Risen Lord,
Our resurrection and our life.

O Lord, you know the world in which we live.
You dwelt among us and lived the suffering of the human condition.
You took upon yourself the weight of injustice and evil.
You see the entire world in this moment and no instance of pain escapes your attention.

We consider your cross, Jesus, and how hopeless it once appeared,
And we rejoice in your transforming power that brought about victory and new life from such a moment of darkness and despair.
We will say it again and again, “Jesus has triumphed!  Jesus is exalted!”
We trust in your everlasting triumph and look to you with hope.
Teach us to live in a world so torn asunder.
May your kingdom come in the midst of our suffering and pain.

I invite your prayers for those who suffer throughout the world and for those ministering to them in Christ’s name.

Silence

I invite your prayers for the leaders of the world, remembering especially Barack Obama our president.

Silence

Hear us Risen Lord,
Our resurrection and our life.

You are the Lord,
Our good above all other.
You are our portion and our cup.
In you our souls delight,
And you have given us a goodly heritage.
We believe that your ways are good.
Incline our ears to your teaching,
And enable us to look to you in hope,
Whatever our circumstances,
Joyfully calling to mind again and again, “Jesus has triumphed!  Jesus is exalted!”
We offer our lives to you, Lord of all, desiring to surrender every corner of our person to your lordship:

I invite you to cast all your worries and concerns on the Lord.
Silence

I invite you to commit the work of your hands to the Lord.
Silence

I invite you to ask for discernment in all your decisions this week.
Silence

I invite you to consider how you might love well those the Lord brings into your life this week.
Silence

I invite you to offer up any other prayers and intercessions.
Silence

Hear us Risen Christ,
Our resurrection and our life.

We think of the women at your tomb, Lord Christ, those who first saw you after your glorious resurrection.
We imagine the other disciples as they heard of your victory and saw you with their own eyes.
We remember the millions of our brothers and sisters throughout the ages who together have believed and proclaimed your victory.
We join our voices with theirs to say it again and again, “Jesus has triumphed!  Jesus is exalted!”
How good it is to be part of your church, stretching back to those first believers and spreading throughout the corners of the world.
Thank you Lord for those who have gone before us, those who have died in the faith.
Our hearts are encouraged by their faithful examples and we pray for them now, trusting that they are in your care.

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

Silence

Hear us Risen Lord,
Our resurrection and our life.

We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

Silence

Leader & People:
Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;
In your compassion forgive us our sins,
Known and unknown,
Things done and left undone;
And so uphold us by your Spirit
That we may live and serve you in newness of life,
To the honor and glory of your Name;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayers for Palm Sunday – All Years (BCP)

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Readings: See The Book of Common Prayer or The Revised Common Lectionary

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

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

You are the Lord our God,
The one to whom we turn in time of trouble.
Our souls are overwhelmed with terror and grief,
As we consider the weight of sin and death.
Our times are in your hand, Holy God.
Rescue us from death at the hand of our enemy.
Our souls wait for you alone.

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 needs of the world, remembering especially our president, Barack Obama, and other leaders.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Jesus Christ, we confess that you are Lord.
We think of your humility,
Your willingness to be born in human form,
Your obedience unto death on a cross.
May the whole earth proclaim your praises and rejoice in your eternal purposes.
Lord of our salvation, equip your church with the mind of Christ.
Grant us perseverance and unwavering faith
That we might humbly obey you in the work you have given us to do.

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.

Holy Spirit, we ask that you would ready our hearts for the upcoming week.
Help us to set aside anything that would hinder or distract us from making space to journey with you through Holy Week.
Grant us grace to remember,
To meditate upon your passion and suffering,
To watch and pray with you for a little while.
Our spirits are willing, but our flesh is 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.

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.
Our souls wait for you alone,
 Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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.

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

Download Prayers for Lent 5 Year A BCP

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.

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

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

Download Prayers for Lent 4 Year A BCP

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

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

O Lord, who looks upon the heart,
You see 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.

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.

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.
You are worthy of all worship;
Receive our surrendered lives as a fragrant offering of thanksgiving.

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

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 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,
So that we may follow after Christ, pursuing all that is good and right and true, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.