This is cross-posted over at my place.
God of the Lenten journey, hear our prayers. We gather in thankfulness and praise for the blessing of your Spirit’s presence in our midst. God, bless us and keep us in your care as we walk with you toward the cross. Strengthen our resolve to remain faithful to your call upon our lives, that we might bring your peace, your justice and your love to a world in need of all three.
We pray today, God, for all we know to be in special need of your grace. For those who are ill, or facing the end of their days on this earth. For those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, or the loss of a relationship, or a vocation. For all who struggle in situations of oppression, abuse or fear. For all who have been affected by weather-related tragedies, and for those whose loved ones died or were injured in the Atlanta bus accident. We pray also for communities struck by economic crises and the pain of watching neighbours suffer with poverty and need.
God of Peace, we yearn for an end to war, hunger, genocide and all forms of desolation that leave your children feeling lost and abandoned. Bring the peace that only you can provide.
All of this we pray in the name of the one who came to show us the way, Jesus Christ. And now we pray as he taught us…