Let us prepare to pray as we listen to today’s Prayers of the People on this 5thSunday of Lent. Today we think about personal reconciliation with the understanding that reconciliation must start within ourselves in the knowledge that we are supported by the spirit that God grants us to behold. We ponder the power and meaning of the word “lament” expressed by the love and Compassion that is given to us. It is only by knowing the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ that we can understand what love and Compassion is. But it is only by compassion and love that we learn to know God. So, when you hear the words, God of Compassion, please respond with “Hear our Prayers”.
Merciful God, we join with others as we pray for Our Bienestar partners involved in the Nelson United Church outreach project in Guatemala, our brothers & sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, Peacemakers and peacekeepers, Health care workers, teachers, engineers and the many who serve throughout the world through many organizations. In our World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle: we pray for the countries of Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania. God of Compassion… Hear our Prayers.
Compassionate God,As we bring before you those who are in great need at this time and those who strive to bring them relief, we pray not only for them that they might be supported but also for ourselves that we might listen to their needs and offer words of comfort and encouragement; that we might stand with them, speak for them and work for a more equal and just world. We especially voice our heartfelt concerns for all those named in our Prayer List. Let us take a moment to name those who are also in need of our prayer and reflection this morning by naming them aloud or silently at this time… …God of Compassion… Hear our Prayers.
Loving God, we ask for your influence in this traditional time of Lent to lament by expressing sorrow and grief and repentance, and by seeking reconciliation and the mending of relationships. For ourselves, for all others, and for the deep harm inflicted upon the First Peoples. We open the path for reconciliation and healing that will bring wholeness and well-being to all the peoples and the land of Canada. God of Compassion… Hear our Prayers.