Prayer of the Church 4 Lent Yr A
March 31, 2011 Leave a comment
Prayer of the Church, 4th Sunday in Lent, Year A
God our Shepherd: we praise and thank you that when you look at human beings; you do not look on the outward appearance and you do not see as a mortals see. Rather, you look on the heart. Forgive us when we are too quick to judge others solely on the basis of their outward appearance. God of mercy: C: Hear our prayer.
God our Shepherd: we are most grateful for your abundant provision of our needs–whether they be for our mind, body or spirit. Even in our darkest hour, you are with us to guide and lead us. Your presence protects us so that we need not fear evil. As Host and Guest of Honour, we are privileged to dine at your abundant banquet table–even in the presence of our enemies. In love you pursue us with your goodness and we long to live in your eternal home forever. God of mercy: C: Hear our prayer.
God our Shepherd: grant us grace to live as children of the light by desiring what is good, right and true; discerning what is God-pleasing. Banish all darkness that with your life-transforming light. God of mercy: C: Hear our prayer.
God our Shepherd: Long ago Jesus gave sight to a man born blind. We thank you Jesus that you are able to see that not all sickness is punishment for personal or ancestral sins. Help us to share your compassionate, healing presence with all who suffer in our midst, especially those whom we name before you now either out loud, or in the silence of our hearts (PAUSE). We ask your blessing upon all benevolent organisations that serve the blind, including: the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the Christian Blind Mission and various Bible Society organisations that provide the blind with Braille Bibles. God of mercy: C: Hear our prayer.
(Other thanksgivings and intercessions may be added here, ending with: God of mercy: C: Hear our prayer.)
God our Shepherd: pour out your wisdom upon our Queen, Elizabeth, the Prime Minister and Members of Parliament, the Premier and Members of the Legislative Assembly, and the governments of the following nations: Indonesia, Philippines, Timor-Leste, and Japan–endow them with a spirit of servanthood, that justice and peace may prevail within their lands.
God our Shepherd: in your mercy hear all of our prayers, thanksgivings and intercessions; and grant whatever else may be in accord with your holy will; through Jesus our Cross-bearing Servant; who, with you and the Eternal Spirit; we worship and praise; one God, now and forever. ALL: Amen.