Prayers of the People for the Second 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 of covenant, you call us to the vastness of your love, the vastness of your reign. Increase our desire to respond. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God of covenant, free us from our fear of how large the world is. Help us understand that you do not call us to be in charge. Help us trust that you call us simply to step out. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God of covenant, you go with us wherever we go, you are with us wherever we are, you work in us whatever we do. Make us joyful in the service to which you call us. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God of covenant, you stretch us beyond what we were, you call us beyond where we are. In the midst of our hesitation, in the midst of our not knowing, give us faith. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God of covenant, enable us to begin with the small steps of caring for the people around us. Accept our prayers, and inspire our service for those for whom we pray, including [NAMES, AND] all those whom we name before you. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God of covenant, we do not ask for instructions; we do not ask for equipment; we do not ask for more than you have already given us. We only ask for reminders that you will not leave us alone, and for the yearning to go where you lead. [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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