Prayers for February 25, 2018

Introduction

Growing in faith and understanding is a life-long process. It is reflected in each of our personal lives, just as it was reflected within Judaism and Christianity. God’s covenant with Israel was expressed in many dramatic ways to increase their understanding; and the disciples and those who followed them learned slowly who Jesus is. Lent is an opportunity to focus on who Jesus is for each of us.

Penitential Act

  • Lord Jesus, you took Peter, James and John to a mountaintop: Lord, have mercy.
  • Christ Jesus, you revealed your relationship to the Law and the prophets: Christ, have mercy.
  • Lord Jesus, you call us to a deeper understanding of who you are: Lord, have mercy.

Scripture Readings

  • Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 God’s covenant with Abraham is affirmed
  • Ps 116 I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living
  • Rom 8:31b-34 “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
  • Mk 9:2-10 The disciples grow in their understanding of Jesus in the Transfiguration

Prayer of the Faithful

Presider We pray that our own faith and understanding of Jesus may be strengthened during this Lenten season.
Minister For the whole church: that we may be an ever-learning community, open to God’s ongoing, revealing word ... remembering your constant love, we pray,

  • For those seeking to enter into or more deeply engage in the church, and for all who have questions of faith ... remembering your constant love, we pray,
  • For a new and deeper understanding of how our faith compels us to act on behalf of the poor and marginalized, the persecuted and the suffering ... remembering your constant love, we pray,
  • For those whose deepened faith has been expressed at great personal cost: for contemporary martyrs, courageous witnesses, and all persecuted Christians ... remembering your constant love, we pray,
  • For those preparing to celebrate the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist ... remembering your constant love, we pray,
  • For all the church’s teachers, preachers and theologians who continue to stretch and challenge our understanding ... remembering your constant love, we pray,

Presider Gracious God, you revealed yourself to us throughout history and most especially through your beloved Son. Open our hearts and minds to understand you and Jesus even more deeply during this Lenten season. We ask this in his holy name. Amen.