On this third Sunday of Lent, open our hearts to be led by Christ though this journey of repentance and be moved by his compassion. As such, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation. A brief silence.
To you, O Lord, we lift up our prayers. Help us to have a holy and devout Lent. Help us to look upon our neighbors with the same grace and compassion you bestow upon us, so we might love them as ourselves. Do not let us judge them or put any stumbling block before them. Empower us to be skilled master builders, laying the foundation for Christ in the lives of all around us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
To you, O Lord, we lift up our prayers. As we continue this time of repentance, may we reflect on the Gospel hearing Jesus call each of us to humility. This day we seek to set aside our arrogance and tendency to judge the work or deservedness of others and our own righteousness to instead embrace an abundance of spirit, a generosity towards other people that shows the fruits of being a disciple. In doing son, may we flourish and bear fruit like the fig tree. Unite your church in proclaiming that in your family all are welcome, all are beloved, all are made whole. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
To you, O Lord, we lift up our prayers. Flood our world with a desire for peace. In a world of strife at home and abroad, help us find ways to peacefully settle differences wherever there is injustice, hate, war, conflict and dissension. Stir up compassion among leaders and citizens so that every person is treated with dignity, kindness, and love. We pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters throughout the world; that the Lord would receive the martyrs into His eternal life, and that those who persecute others would turn away from their evil and seek the One true God. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
To you, O Lord, we lift up our prayers. You are the one holy and life giving light of wisdom in times both dark and terrible. Guide and preserve in every way those who serve our communities & country, its president, elected officials and the day to day first responders, health care workers and armed forces. May they work always with integrity and may they have the respect of those whose lives they support and protect. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
To you, O Lord, we lift up our prayers. Your heart aches with those who are lost and in pain, spiritually, emotionally and physically. Let us all hear their cries and be moved to respond as your hands and heart in the world. Comfort your people who are suffering in mind, body and soul and may you grant a measure of your love to each of these named aloud and in our hearts. May all of these children not despair but look to you for the one true life, life eternal. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
To you, O Lord, we lift up our prayers. You have given us eternal life through your Son, Jesus Christ the true light. Grant those who have recently face the death of a loved one, the strength of body and spirit they need to continue their walk on earth. We remember all those who have died and entered your kingdom ahead of us. May we too look forward to the day we may dance with the angels in your glorious presence. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
To you, O Lord, we lift up our prayers. Answer the prayers of those who have asked for our prayers, and hear the prayers of those who have no one to pray for them. And we go from this place today, your presence is needed. Thank you for your promised guidance. May we never cease to listen and follow your direction in every circumstance this week. And all in this place say, Amen