Prayers of the People for the Fifth 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 new life, you are present now, in the middle of our messy lives.  Give us faith to trust your promise.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of life, God of new life, you call us to a life of letting go, a life of service, a life of risk.  Fill us with the courage to step out.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of life, God of new life, the threat of death terrifies us, immobilizes us, and blinds us to your presence.  Free us from our fear, and make us new.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of life, God of new life, you call us to be your partners in giving life to the lifeless, hope to the hopeless, and fullness to the empty.  Show this congregation how we can unbind the people around us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of life, God of new life, you come to all who are broken, cut off, isolated and dying.  Use us to restore health and wholeness to those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of life, God of new life, death no longer defines us, no longer limits our relationship with you, no longer restricts our interactions with others.  Help us live into this freedom.  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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