Prayers of the People

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 26, 2017 – Year A

 

Presider:  God of wholeness and light, you have called us and made us children of light that we might share in your work of reconciliation and healing:  Hear our prayers on behalf of the whole creation, that your goodness and mercy may bring life and freedom to all, as we pray:  O God, you are our shepherd; we shall not be in want.

Litanist:  Gracious and Good God, open the eyes of your Church, and fill us with the vision of Christ, that we may work the works of God while it is day, bringing your light and hope to the world.  O God, you are our shepherd;

we shall not be in want.

Almighty One, anoint for us those whom you would call to leadership and let your divine spirit come mightily upon them, that all who hold power and authority in the world may take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them to the light.  O God, you are our shepherd;

we shall not be in want.

Loving God, let your compassion reach out in mercy toward all who are oppressed by injustice, violence, poverty, economic distress, illness or natural disaster throughout the world:  May your goodness and mercy comfort and relieve them and your strong rod and staff empower them.  O God, you are our shepherd;

we shall not be in want.

Eternal Wisdom, revive our souls and guide us along right pathways for the sake of your Name as we seek to serve you among our neighbors in this community, that none may be scapegoated or blamed for our own blindness, as we move from darkness to light, discovering the fruit of the spirit in all that is good and right and true.  O God, you are our shepherd;

we shall not be in want.

 

Let your works, O Mighty One, be revealed in those who suffer, especially ___.  Anoint their heads with oil and let their cups be filled and running over.

Help us to find out what is pleasing to you as we offer to you our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, especially for ___.

Though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we shall fear no evil, for you are with us.  We entrust to your shepherding arms those who have died, especially ___; may they dwell in the house of God for ever.

O God, you are our shepherd;

we shall not be in want.

Presider: Open our eyes to see your intimate presence in the world about us, that we may awaken and live in your light, O God, to lie down in green pastures and be lead beside still waters, all for your love’s sake, through Jesus Christ your anointed, in the power of the Holy Spirit, for you live and reign, One God, forevermore.  Amen.