Prayers for the Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany, 2015

Having been called into the light of Christ, and trusting the Spirit’s guidance in our journey, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

Loving God, you set us free from what holds us back, and you call us toward what will set us free. Open our eyes to your presence on our journey. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, you set us free so that we can care. Strengthen us to take the next step on our journey. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, you free those who are oppressed, and call all who are oppressors to grow into a new way of being. Help us embrace justice as part of our journey. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, the healing you provide is more than freedom from pain; it declares your desire that all may participate in life. Enable us to share what you have given us with those with whom we journey. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, we pray for those who are on our minds and hearts – those close to us and those far away; those whom we love and those from whom we are estranged; those who share our perspective and those from whom we differ; those whom we name aloud, [INCLUDING NAMES], and those whom we name in our hearts.
[Long pause]
God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, you call us to service, freedom and proclamation. Fire us to respond on every step of our journey. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

We pray all this in the name of our light and our life, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

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