Second Sunday in Lent (February 24, 2013)

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(Congregation may be invited to be seated for prayer.)

With the prayer “Hear us, O God” you are invited to respond…
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

1. Returning to the Lord with all our heart, let us pray for the whole people of God, the earth, and all who cry out for healing.

2. In these Lenten days, form us into a people who radiate lives of gratitude and generosity.
Hear us, O God
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

3. In these uncertain times, give to your church a renewed confidence in your promises, and give to the members of all communities of faith a renewed willingness to hear your call to serve. We pray in particular for our partner Anglican Cahaurch of Canada; Ascension Lutheran Church in Nelson and their pastor, Nolan Gingrich; Mount Zion Lutheran Church in New Westminster and their pastor, Marlys Moen; Surrey Urban Mission and the Lutheran Urban Mission in Vancouver. May all pastors and all who support the church’s ministry, know the joy of their salvation.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT

4. Bring relief to the people suffering from polluted air. Inspire us to treasure the sky and sun, the stars and moon, the lands and rivers along with depth of space itself.
Hear us, O God
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

5. Grant peace to the city of Jerusalem and we pray that the leaders of all nations would show care for all their people and all their land.
Hear us, O God
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

6. Enfold with compassion all who cry out for nourishment, for a place to sleep, for peace of mind, or for the healing of the body and soul. We pray especially at this time for those we name aloud or quietly …

Through our words and our actions in this coming week, may others experience your sustaining and loving presence.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT

7. God, the giver of every good gift, we thank you for all your special blessings:
– we thank you those who have the gift of another birthday or another anniversary;
– We thank you for your promise to be with us in difficult times and with difficult people;
– And we thank you for your Word and; your Sacraments that renew us weekly.
– We thank you for those special blessings we name aloud at this time….

Help us to live daily lives of thankfulness.
Hear us, O God:
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT

8. As a hen gathers her brood under her wings, draw us with all the saints to your tender and merciful embrace.
Hear us, O God
YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

9. Hear us according to your steadfast love, O God, and in your great compassion bring us to resurrection and rebirth. AMEN

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