Prayers for the First Sunday in Lent

As we return to the waters of Baptism during this season of Lent, let us pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all who need our prayers, saying “Hear us, O God,” and responding, “Your mercy is great.”

[Short pause]

Holy Spirit, you move over the waters of creation, you claim us in baptism, you fill us with yourself.  We thank you.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Holy Spirit, you filled Jesus, but then led him in the wilderness.  You make us your people, but then call us into the empty spaces.  Remind us that you are indeed leading us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Holy Spirit, we are tempted by many things – the allure of power, the mirage of control, the longing for security.  Free us from all that distracts from you.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Holy Spirit, you provide us un-numbered opportunities for ministry.  Open our eyes to the chances we have to serve your world.  Open our hearts to share the gifts you have given us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Holy Spirit, we pray for those who are living in the wilderness of illness and hunger, isolation and abuse, addiction and violence, especially those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Use us to be your presence with all those who feel alone.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Holy Spirit, you are present in the smallest parts of our lives, calling us to deeper relationships, deeper trust, deeper faith.  Guide us on the way.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the deep yearnings of our hearts, to you, gracious and merciful God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

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