Prayers of the People

Sunday, February 24, 2013
Offered by Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor

Gracious God, you show your love for us in so many ways. When things seem the bleakest and the darkest, you break into our lives in unexpected and hopeful ways. When we are trembling and afraid, you make covenant with us and promise to be continually beside us. When we are sorrowing, you are there to gather us together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings. When we are doubting or have lost courage, you send your word into our midst to show us the way. When we are called to make major changes in our lives and society, you are there to lead us toward your reign on earth. When we waver in our commitments and discipleship, your steadfast love becomes our promise and our hope.

Keep us faithful, O God. In this season of Lent, we are all too aware of our failings and shortcomings. Help us to follow the example of your prophets. In our hearts we desire to be faithful followers of your Son all the way to the cross. By your Spirit, break through our apathy and increase our compassion and work for justice, empowering us for all that lies ahead. Give us the determination in this season to set aside time for prayer and quiet communion with you. In all the pressures and demands of our daily living, show us the power of silence, that we may hear your word to us.

God of tenderness and strength, help us to see where love and hope, faith and healing are needed. We pray for all those who suffer: the malnourished and the starving, the victims of violence, the survivors of natural disaster, and those who live with AIDS. We pray for all who are ill, especially persons we name in our hearts. We pray for those distressed in mind and spirit: the bereaved, the anxious, the unemployed, those who are hurt or afraid. We pray for the people of Cuba and for stronger relations between the governments of our two countries. Show us, gracious God, how we may work in our world, right where we are, to bring healing and wholeness into the lives of nations, communities, families, and individuals. For it is your Son who first showed the power of compassion and unconditional love and who taught us to pray together, saying, Our Father . . .

(Adapted from a prayer written by Susan Gregg-Schroeder)

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