Prayers for March 11, 2018

March 11, 2018 - 4th Sunday of Lent

Introduction

This season is given to us for our spiritual growth and ongoing conversion. Today’s readings remind us that God has shown mercy throughout history. An understanding of Israel’s painful exile and God’s ongoing fidelity are important for us and our own review of how God’s mercy has been reflected in our personal lives. Today, we have another chance to make this story our own.

Penitential Act

  • Lord Jesus, you were sent to us by the God who loves us: Lord, have mercy.
  • Christ Jesus, you came to bring us truth and light: Christ, have mercy.
  • Lord Jesus, you call us so that we may have eternal life: Lord, have mercy.

Scripture Readings

  • 2 Chron 36:14-16, 19-23 God will be merciful to the exiled Israelites
  • Ps 137 Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you
  • Eph 2:4-10 We are saved by God’s rich mercy
  • Jn 3:14-21 God’s only Son was sent for our reconciliation

Prayer of the Faithful

Presider Let us pray for those who have not yet experienced God’s great mercy and in gratitude for those of us who have.
Minister For the whole church: That we may be a people of deep gratitude for God’s ongoing, gracious mercy … remembering your constant love, we pray,

  • For those throughout the world who suffer because of their faith, and for those places torn apart by religious wars … remembering your constant love, we pray,
  • For those Christians unwilling or unable to share God’s loving mercy toward others, especially those deemed unworthy … remembering your constant love, we pray,
  • For those of us who are too arrogant to think we need God’s mercy or the call to conversion … remembering your constant love, we pray,
  • For a spirit of joy that we may give faithful witness to God’s ever-present love in our lives … remembering your constant love, we pray,
  • For those preparing for baptism or entry into the church; and for those accompanying and supporting them in this process … remembering your constant love, we pray,

Presider Loving God, you have shown your unending mercy to us and to countless generations before us. Heal us when we are arrogant, prod us when we are forgetful, and show us how to extend your mercy to others. In Jesus’ holy name, we pray. Amen.

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