Prayers of the People for the Second 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]

Speaking, revealing God, you address us through prophets, calling us to ourselves.  You come to us in Jesus, demonstrating your love for all creation.  Inspire our gratitude.  Hear us, O God
Your mercy is great.

Speaking, revealing God, open our ears to hear your prophets speaking today.  When they make us uncomfortable, save us from anger.  Help us listen to what we need to hear.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Speaking, revealing God, you show yourself in the suffering of the weak, the helplessness of the persecuted, the vulnerability of children.  Help us embrace the little and the lost, trusting that you are with them.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Speaking, revealing God, your acceptance of us has made us citizens of heaven.  Strengthen our faith to live into this awesome reality, that all we are may point to you.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Speaking, revealing God, your love brings forgiveness and healing.  Walk with all who are broken by illness, addiction, hunger and violence, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
May we trust your presence with all who are in any need.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Speaking, revealing God, come among us.  Speak to us.  Reveal yourself through us.  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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