Prayers in the Wilderness Day 5

Prayers of the People for the First Sunday in Lent

Gracious God, Merciful God, you are slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and for that, we are grateful.

In this week as we celebrated both the beginning of our walk in the Sacred Wilderness for Lent and the day we remind one another of our love, we are grateful for your steadfast love.

Help us to move into your heart of love for the whole world. Let us see as you see that the day and night are good, that the earth and sea are good, that your creation is good.*

Let us welcome announcements that promise a possible future of sustainability.*

When the United Nations Secretary-General says, “With the right enabling public policies, close to 80% of the world’s energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century.” may we respond with joy.*

When we hear that a special glass that generates electricity from the sun and can be made most colors is drawing close to commercial practicality, may we know the thrill of human creativity.*

Let us admire the ways in which fulfilling work and pressing need complement each other. Let us rejoice for the possibility of better diagnosis and better treatment for malaria in Africa – not so much from high-tech intervention, but from equipping community health care workers who are already where they need to be.*

In our congregation we love the Green Committee and the work they have done to help us think about ways that being faithful to your creation is being faithful to you.

Gracious God, Merciful God, you are slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Remembering that, as we continue to walk in the Lenten Wilderness, conform us to ways of wisdom and peace in the places of unrest. We remember particularly Syria, Mali, Tibet, Iran.

We pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, and remember those who have been shaken by their leader’s resignation, who are wondering, “Now what?”. We remember that all human structures—even holy ones—pass away, and You are our only permanent pastor. We pray that your spirit will flow among the faithful as they continue to follow your path.

We pray for our leaders in Washington, in Sacramento, in San Bernardino.

We pray for our leaders in the church, for our Pastor, for our Session members, for our youth director, for our Pastoral Support, for our Deacons. We are grateful to you for their faithful leadership.

We pray for our cares and concerns spoken and unspoken this morning. We pray that our walk through the wilderness can be a walk of healing and wholeness for each of us with our own cares and concerns, and for those with whom we walk, for those who are ill in body and spirit, those recovering from surgeries, those walking with cancer, and those who are feeling the effects of aging in this life, especially this morning for homebound members. Let us walk together in your wilderness, and remember that you are gracious and merciful and abounding in steadfast love.

Let us remember that your spirit walks with us and your child, Jesus, entered the wilderness before us.

and we pray together the prayer he taught his friends, saying,

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.
Amen.

*These sections taken from World in Prayer, a ministry of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi, California, USA.

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