Prayers for April 7, 2019, Lent 5

The season of Lent invites us to go deep.  We respond to this invitation, in part, by offering our prayers for the world, the church, and all in need.

[Pause]

God of the past, you have guided us along our pathways with grace and love.  Help us celebrate what was, without wanting to live only in memories.  God who speaks,
Help us hear your voice.

God of the present, you continue to walk with us.  Give us faith to trust your presence today.  God who speaks,
Help us hear your voice.

God of the present, in the fog of our current realities, we crave surety and certainty.  We fear questions, and desire concrete answers.  Free is from our anxiety, and enable us to hear your promise again.  God who speaks,
Help us hear your voice.

God of the present, open us to embrace what is today.   Release us from the desire to hide behind excuses, and get ourselves off the hook.  Inspire us to take hold of the ministry to which you call us: to serve the needy, to feed the hungry, to welcome the outcast.  God who speaks,
Help us hear your voice.

God of the present, strengthen us through your promise to touch those who are hurting with your healing love.  We especially remember [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long silence]
God who speaks,
Help us hear your voice.

God of the future, you call us forward, even though we cannot see the path.  Forgive our hesitation.  Move us toward your vision.  Help us take one step, trusting your voice.  God who speaks,
Help us hear your voice.

We ask all this in the name of the one who welcomes all voices, who is behind all our stories, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

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