Prayers of the People — March 15, 2015

prayinghands_6Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

We confess to you, O God, that though your light has come into the world, we often find ourselves in the darkness of worldly sins, and then cower in fear lest our evil deeds be exposed. Take away our fear by the power of your forgiveness. Though we were dead in our sins, in these Lenten days lead us again from darkness to the light that is your Son, Jesus Christ, whom you sent into the world, not to condemn it, but to save it. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Oh God, in your Son, You have created us for good works. Fill these Lenten days with the disciplines of this season: remembrance, fasting, prayer, repentance … and also with the deeds of love for which you made us and to which you call us anew. In a world where your people bear scars on their bodies and in their souls, make us agents of your healing to feed the hungry, clothe and shelter the homeless, care for the sick, relieve the sadness of the lonely, and hold up before all the world your Son, who was himself lifted up on the cross, so that we might believe and have eternal life. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O Lord, whose steadfast love endures forever, and who has gathered us into the family of your church, watch over us and guide us by your Spirit. Strengthen this congregation for strong but gentle witness. Bless her ministries to those who love her, and to those who are still strangers from your love. We remember before you our sister congregations, here in this land and throughout the world, especially our Lutheran brothers and sisters. Provide your church with faithful pastors — gentle and compassionate and wise — through whom you make your word of law and gospel known. For all our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout world we pray, especially for those who are persecuted for the sake of our crucified and risen Lord. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For all those in positions of authority; For those who work for peace; For those who heal; For the military and all who defend us; For those who will die this day, and for those who are born this day; For the sorrowful and the sad; For the thankful and the rejoicing; For the sick and the injured; for the addicted and the despairing; For all the baptized, and for those who have not yet come to its saving water; For those burdened with too much to do, and for those for whom time in heavy on their hands; For those who teach and for those who learn; For those who work, even in this hour, for the safety and welfare of this community; For those who seek employment, those who set their hands to any honest labor, and those who are retired from their labors; For those who travel, those confined to their homes, and those who have no homes to which to be confined; For those who wander in desert wastes and cry to you in their troubles; For those who have rebelled against your word, O God; For those who have asked for our prayers, and for all those for whom no one else will pray.

In ages past, and in whatever days remain until he comes again, your Son has shown the immeasurable riches of his grace in loving-kindness toward us. Remembering with thanks those who have gone before us, and pray for those who are grieving. May we await with patient joy that day on which Jesus will come again.

Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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