Prayers for the Baptism of our Lord

Celebrating the coming of the One who brings the reign of God to all people, let us pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, Lord, in your mercy, and responding, Hear our prayer.

[Brief pause]

God of light and darkness, through water and Word you shine your light into the darkness of our lives.  We give thanks for this incredible gift.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of love and hate, your love comes in spite of our animosity; you bring reconciliation to those who are divided.  We pray for better relations between Canada and its native peoples.  Strengthen us to be peacemakers.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope and fear, you walk with us through the challenges which surround us.  Wash away our anxiety by your promised presence, and set us free from despair.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of church and world, in baptism you unify yourself with our world, and bring your reign into being.  Keep us from seeing your love as a hiding place.  Motivate us to infuse the world with your justice.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of health and illness, there is nothing that separates us from your love.  Inspire us to bring your health to the sick, your encouragement to the discouraged, your promise to the dying, especially those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of life and death, all that exists is from you, and for you.  Enable us to trust your baptismal promise, and serve this hurting world.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who shines in the darkness, receive these prayers and the prayers of our hearts, in the name of the one who is your light, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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