Prayers of the People for the First Sunday in Lent, 2015

God has joined us in our journey of life. Trusting that presence, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God who comes in covenant, your promise overwhelms us, making us unable to speak. Accept our inadequate thanks. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who comes in water, your promise washes over us, making us new, making us yours. Help us to trust your love. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who comes in spoken word, your promise wakes us up, shakes us up, and takes us into unfamiliar territory. Help us follow your leading. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who drives us into the wilderness, your promise does not always comfort us, but it always accompanies us. Strengthen us in the challenges we face. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who embraces us in the wilderness, remind us that you walk through our valleys with us. We pray especially for those who need concrete reminders of your care, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God of covenant, God of promise, you have called us to be your people. As we offer our thanks and praise, may we also offer our lives. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

We pray all this in the name of our Saviour, our companion and our guide, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

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