Prayers of the People Lowell Grisham RCL lectionary

Prayers of the People - Lowell Grisham


2nd Sunday in Lent, Year A

Prayers of the People

Presider:  Loving God, you sent your Son into the world not to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved:  Let the wind of your Spirit blow freely throughout creation so that all people may be born anew from above and live in the wonder of your steadfast and abounding grace, as we pray:  Our help comes from God, the maker of heaven and earth.

Litanist:  Gracious God, though Jesus you have revealed to your Church divine realities about earthly things and about heavenly things:  Inspire our bishops and other leaders, and help us to receive your testimony and to live in the power of your Spirit. 
Our help comes from God,
the maker of heaven and earth.

You led Abram away from his homeland and kindred to make of him a great nation, to be a blessing to all the families of the earth:  Guide our national leaders and all in positions of authority or power throughout the world; move them forward from their familiar places of comfort, toward new, compassionate responses to the needs of the world, that they also may be a blessing to all people. 
Our help comes from God,
the maker of heaven and earth.

Let your Spirit go forth over all the earth to refresh and heal all who are confused, suffering or oppressed, that everyone on earth may know themselves as your beloved people. 
Our help comes from God,
the maker of heaven and earth.

Your presence is among us in this community, inviting us to enter the Kingdom of God and to be people who are born of the Spirit:  Inspire our witness and service to you and to our neighbor, that we may love the world even as Christ has loved us. 
Our help comes from God,
the maker of heaven and earth.

You watch over us without slumber or sleep and have promised to preserve us from all evil and to keep us safe.  Hear our prayers for those whom we commend to your benevolent care, especially ___.
We give thanks that you watch over our going out and our coming in, as we offer our prayers of praise and gratitude, especially for ___.
You give life to the dead and call into existence the things that do not exist:  Bring into your eternal life those who have died, especially ___. 
Our help comes from God,
the maker of heaven and earth.

Presider:  Gracious and ever-present God, who justifies the ungodly with the promise that rests upon grace and is guaranteed to all of Abraham's descendants:  Send forth your Spirit of new birth into the world, that all may trust in your goodness and be blessed, through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.