Prayers of the People for the Fifth 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]

Extravagant God, your generosity is overwhelming; your care for us is awe-inspiring.  Open our eyes to see all you have given.  Open our hearts in gratitude.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Extravagant God, we are draw to the safe, the secure, the risk-free.  Break through our fears, so our giving may be a reflection of yours.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Extravagant God, Mary gave with reckless abandon, and her gift was accepted by Jesus.  Set us free from self-serving charity, from giving only to benefit ourselves, from asking “What’s in it for me?”  Help us seek the good of our neighbour.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Extravagant God, you call us to live in such a way that those around us catch a glimpse of your care.  Rescue us from our greed, so we might bless the world as you bless us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Extravagant God, your concern for us is all-encompassing; your compassion embraces every facet of our lives.  Use us to reach out to those who have special needs: the sick, the shut-in, the homeless, the hungry, and all we name before you.
[Long pause]
Strengthen our faith to “step up.”  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Extravagant God, keep us from hiding behind words like excessive, wasteful and unrealistic.  Help us be examples of what “can be.”  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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