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.

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

Readings: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95:6-11; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-39

Download Prayers for Lent 3 Year A BCP

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

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We bow our hearts before you, O Lord our Maker.
You are our God.
We are the people of your pasture and the sheep of your hand.
Oh, that today we would hearken to your voice!
We have tasted your faithfulness,
And we trust in your everlasting guidance and provision.
Come, Holy Spirit, and soften our hearts,
That we may be worshippers who worship in spirit and in truth.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Our hearts are full of joy as we consider your wonderful salvation.
Behold what manner of love is this that we should be called children of God!
Come, Holy Spirit, and fill your church with the love of God.
May the church universal overflow with the hope of your glory,
For we rejoice in the Lord Jesus Christ our great Redeemer and Savior.
We pray that the good news of salvation would go out into all the earth,
That you, Lord Christ, would reconcile sinners everywhere to yourself,
To your eternal praise and thanksgiving.

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 the suffering church.
O Lord, God of all sorrow, grant us grace to rejoice in our sufferings.
We desire endurance.
We want to be people of character, marked by hope,
Yet we confess that we often shrink from suffering and pain.
How we praise you, Lord Jesus Christ, for your faithful obedience unto death!
Help your church to imitate you, Lord Christ, that we might willingly work your will and accomplish your purposes.

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.

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 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.

3rd Sunday in Lent, Year A

Readings: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95:6-11; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-39

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

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We come to you, O Lord our Maker, bowing down our hearts before you.  You are our God.  We are the people of your pasture and the sheep of your hand.  Oh, that today we would hearken to your voice!

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Our hearts are full of joy as we consider your wonderful salvation.  Behold what manner of love is this that we should be called children of God!  Come, Holy Spirit, and fill your church with the love of God.  May the church throughout the world overflow wth the hope of the glory of God, greatly rejoicing in the Lord Jesus Christ our great redeemer and savior.  We pray that the good news of salvation would go out into all the earth, that the Lord Jesus Christ, the one who reconciles sinners to a holy God, would be forever welcomed, praised, and exalted with all thanksgiving in every corner of the world.

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 the suffering church.  O Lord, God of all sorrow, grant us grace to rejoice in our sufferings.  We desire endurance.  We want to be people of character, marked by hope.  Yet we confess that we often shrink from suffering and pain.  How we praise you, Lord Jesus Christ, for your faithful obedience unto death!  Help your church throughout the world to be imitators of you, Lord Christ, willing workers to do your will and accomplish your work, Loving Father.

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 all believers who share in the sufferings of Christ.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Lord, we believe that you are among us.  We have tasted your faithfulness, and we trust in your everlasting guidance and provision.  Come, Holy Spirit, and soften our hearts, that we may be worshippers who worship in spirit and in truth.

Silence

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 ask that you would sustain us this week, trusting 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.

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.

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

Readings: Genesis 12:1-8; Psalm 33:12-22; Romans 4:1-17; John 3:1-17

Download Prayers for Lent 2 Year A BCP

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

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord of all the earth, enthroned in everlasting glory,
What can we say in your presence?
How can we offer you the honor due your name?
We add our voices to the unending chorus of all creation’s praise,
For you are our God.
You are our help.
You are our deliverer.
You are the one who calls things that do not exist into existence, the one who gives life to the dead.
We wait in silence for God alone.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Praise be to the Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of all creation!
Through you, Lord Christ, all the families on earth are blessed.
Through you the kingdom of God has come among us, in the midst of unrest and war.
You have set to rights our world ridden with corruption and violence, brutality and suffering.
Come now Lord, and be lifted up among all the peoples of the earth,
That many would believe in you and be saved.

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.
How we long to be people of faith, Lord,
People who believe your promise!
Come Holy Spirit, and give us an abiding awareness that our wages are only death and sin.
Help us to believe your word, as Abraham did, and, so believing, to receive your forgiveness.
We delight in your blessing, O Lord,
And we receive with gratitude and faith the gift of Jesus, our Savior.
We join our brothers and sisters around the world as we praise your glorious name,
Lord Jesus Christ, you who save your people from their sins.

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 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 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 our help and our shield.
Indeed, our hearts rejoice in you,
And our souls wait for you alone.
Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us,
As we have put our trust in you, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

2nd Sunday in Lent, Year A

Readings: Genesis 12:1-8; Psalm 33:12-22; Romans 4:1-17; John 3:1-17

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

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Lord of all the earth, enthroned in everlasting glory, what can we say in your presence?  How can we offer you the honor due your name?  We add our voices to the unending chorus of all creation’s praise.  For you are our God.  You are our help.  You are our deliverer.  You are the one who calls things that do not exist into existence, the one who gives life to the dead.  We wait in silence for God alone.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Praise be to the Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world!  Through you, Lord Christ, all the families on earth are blessed.  Through you the kingdom of God has come among us, in the midst of unrest and war, corruption and violence, brutality and human suffering.  Come now Lord, and be lifted up among all the peoples of the earth, that many would believe in you and be saved.

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.  How we long to be people of faith, Lord, people who believe the promise!  Come Holy Spirit, and give us an abiding awareness that our wages are only death and sin.  Help us to believe your word, as Abraham did, and, so believing, to receive your forgiveness.  We delight in your blessing, O Lord, and we receive with gratitude and faith the gift of Jesus, our savior.  We join our brothers and sisters around the world as we praise your glorious name, Jesus Christ, you who save your people from their sins.

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

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 believe that you, the creator and sustainer of all things, care for all people and are mindful of their needs.  We remember those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit.  We pray for the poor, the sick, the afflicted, the lonely, the forgotten, the oppressed and the desperate.  The groaning of the world is too much for us to bear.  Come quickly to us, Lord Jesus, you who understand all our pain.  May your presence be our peace.

I invite you to pray for your own requests and for the needs of others.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We ask that you would sustain us this week, trusting 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.

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.  Our souls wait for you alone, Lord God; you are our help and our shield.  Indeed, our hearts rejoice in you, for in your holy Name we put our trust.  Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, as we have put our trust in you, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

1st Sunday in Lent, Year A

Readings: Genesis 2:4-3:7; Psalm 51:1-13; Romans 5:12-21; Matthew 4:1-11

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

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Almighty God, Creator of the heavens and the earth, you are before all things, and in you all things are held together.  You spoke, and it was.  How magnificent your power!  How beautiful your handiwork!  How marvelous are your ways, holy God, maker and sustainer of all life.  We are mindful that we are but dust, and we stand in awe that you, the Lord of all the earth, have breathed your breath of life on us, men and women whom you fashioned after your own likeness.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

You are the rightful Lord of all the earth, and you alone are worthy of the worship and service of all people.  May your kingdom come in the midst of unrest and war, corruption and violence, brutality and human 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 the people of Kenya, the Congo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and North Korea.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We pray for your church throughout the world.  During this season of Lent, help us to see anew the gravity of our sin and the awfulness of the reign of sin and death.  Make us truly repentant, Lord, for it is against you only that we have sinned.  Help us to hear joy and gladness in the marvelous hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, the bringer of a reign of grace, righteousness and eternal life.  May your kingdom come, causing the truth of your deliverance and salvation to take deep root in our hearts.

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

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 believe that you, the creator and sustainer of all things, care for all people and are mindful of their needs.  We remember those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit.  We pray for the poor, the sick, the afflicted, the lonely, the forgotten, the oppressed and the desperate.  The groaning of the world is too much for us to bear.  Come quickly to us, Lord Jesus, you who understand all our pain.  May your presence be our peace.

I invite you to pray for your own requests and for the needs of others.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We ask that you would sustain us this week, trusting 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 all things, you know us through and through.  Look in the deep places of our beings, and create in us clean hearts.  Help us to see any area 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.

I invite you to pray for repentance and to forgive as Christ has forgiven you.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Thank you, Lord, for the riches of your grace, for your cleansing and deliverance.  Help us to not think lightly of our sins and to not receive your grace thoughtlessly.  Give us a right abhorrence for our own sins, and do not lead us into temptation.  Help us to be alert and self-controlled, that we may flee the snares of our enemy.  Deliver us from evil, and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit.

I invite your prayers for protection and perseverance.

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.  Open our lips, and our mouths will proclaim your praise.  Our tongues will sing of your righteousness and salvation, and our hearts will rejoice in your goodness.   We gladly offer you our lives, surrendering all to you through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Prayers for the First Sunday in Lent, Year A (BCP)

Readings: Genesis 2:4-3:7; Psalm 51:1-13; Romans 5:12-21; Matthew 4:1-11

Download Prayers for Lent 1 Year A BCP

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

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Almighty God, Creator of the heavens and the earth,
You are before all things, and in you all things are held together.
You spoke, and it was.
How magnificent your power!
How beautiful your handiwork!
How marvelous are your ways, holy God, maker and sustainer of all life.
We are mindful that we are but dust,
And we stand in awe that you, the Lord of all the earth,
Have breathed your breath of life on us.

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 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.
During this season of Lent, help us to see anew the gravity of our sin
And the awfulness of the reign of sin and death.
Make us truly repentant, Lord,
For it is against you only that we have sinned.
Help us to hear joy and gladness in the miraculous hope of our Lord Jesus Christ,
The bringer of a reign of grace, righteousness and eternal life.
May your kingdom come,
And root the truth of your deliverance and salvation deep in our hearts.

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 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 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.
Open our lips, and our mouths will proclaim your praise.
Our tongues will sing of your righteousness and salvation,
And our hearts will rejoice in your goodness.
We gladly offer you our lives, surrendering all to you through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.