Prayers of the People for the First Sunday of Lent, 2014

Looking to God for healing and direction, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and for all the needy, saying, “Hear us, O God,” and responding, “Your mercy is great.”

[Short pause]

God who walks with us, you do not abandon your people.  When we are willful, selfish, short-sighted and uncaring, remind us of your compassion.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who walks with us, you do not abandon your people.  When pain, loneliness, isolation and broken relationships crush us, remind us of your presence.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who walks with us, you do not abandon your people.  When the needs of the homeless, the hungry, the refugee and the stranger overwhelm our ability to respond, remind us of your grace.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who walks with us, you do not abandon your people.  When injustice, war, prejudice and fear cloud our sight, remind us of your persistence.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who walks with us, you do not abandon your people.  We offer our prayers for those people and situations which lie heavy on us.
[Long pause]
When sickness, disease, mental illness and death threaten our very existence, remind us of your promise.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who walks with us, you do not abandon your people.  When the unknowns of life seem too big, remind us of your love.  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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