Monthly Archives: February 2019

Prayers for February 3, 2019, Epiphany 4

The Lectionary divides the story of Jesus in the synagogue in Nazareth (Luke 4:14-30) into two sections, to be read on consecutive weeks.  I will be re-reading the first part of the story again this Sunday, since it really is crucial to hear what is going on in the second part.

These prayers reflect this reading of the whole story.

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As we celebrate the coming of light into our darkness, we offer our prayers that we may reflect that light.

[Short pause]

Spirit of the Lord, you send us to bring good news to the poor.  Remind us that doing this does not reduce the gifts you have given us.  God who is light,
Hear our prayer.

Spirit of the Lord, you send us to proclaim release to the captives.  Open our eyes to see how we, too, are surrounded by systems which keep us bound.  Help us trust the freedom you bring.  God who is light,
Hear our prayer.

Spirit of the Lord, you send us to proclaim recovery of sight to the blind.  We confess that we are among those who cannot see.  We too often do not look for the possibilities which surround us, because we are afraid of losing what we think we have.  Open our eyes to the promises you have already made.  God who is light,
Hear our prayer.

Spirit of the Lord, you send us to let the oppressed go free.  Liberate us to reach out with your healing love.  We pray for those who we know are in need, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God who is light,
Hear our prayer.

Spirit of the Lord, you send us to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.  Give us the assurance that your favour is now, and that it is extended to all.  God who is light,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all this in the light of our saviour, Jesus, the Christ.
Amen.

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