Prayers of the People for the Second Sunday in 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 of life, God of the journey, you called Abraham to leave, to go, to move out.  Give us faith to walk with you.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of life, God of the journey, we desire security, we crave certainty, we want to know results beforehand.  Help us let go; help us trust your presence.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of life, God of the journey, you have promised to be with us on the way, regardless of our route, regardless of our wrong turns, regardless of our destination.  Free us from our fear.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of life, God of the journey, you accompany us wherever we go.  Use us to share your concern, your compassion, your presence and your promise with those who are on the road with us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of life, God of the journey, nothing separates us from your care.  Be with those who need our prayers, whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
Assist us to reach out to the sick, the shut-in, the lonely, the unemployed, the addicted and the outcast, that all may know your love.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of life, God of the journey, you walk with us.  Give us the faith to trust, and the courage to step out.  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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