Feb 27, 2014

Pastoral Prayer: Lent 2A

Here’s a pastoral prayer for the second Sunday of Lent, Year A.  It was written by Paul Sauer, and posted on the Lutheran Forum website.

Pastoral Prayer
for the second Sunday in Lent

Heavenly Father, as you sent Abraham out to a new place and a new land, so you invite us to anticipate worlds and realms beyond our imaginations. As we journey in faith, bless us with your presence that our new life in your new world may be as real as this day we call “today.”

The day of the Lord is coming: He abounds in steadfast  love.

Holy Spirit, our heavenly helper, you call us to worship the LORD, our keeper. He does not slumber nor sleep. He preserves our lives forevermore.

The day of the Lord is coming: He abounds in steadfast  love.

Lord Jesus Christ, life-giver to the dead, with the Father and the Holy Spirit you call into existence things that do not exist, things too wonderful for us to even imagine. You justify the ungodly with your own righteousness, and by faith we receive your grace as a pure gift.

The day of the Lord is coming: He abounds in steadfast  love.

Lord Jesus, as you taught Nicodemus heavenly things, give us ears to hear your Heavenly Word, and a heart to accept your grace of a new birth from above. As you were lifted up upon the cross for us, so lift our hearts in faith that we may have eternal life with you.
The day of the Lord is coming: He abounds in steadfast  love.

We bring to mind those persons among us in need of healing. Hear our prayers offered in faith that you already know the names of all who seek your touch:______.

The day of the Lord is coming: He abounds in steadfast  love.

Though we remember we are dust and to dust we shall return, we remember that we are your precious dust. Amen.

~ written by Paul Sauer, and posted on Lutheran Forum. http://www.lutheranforum.org/