Prayer of the Church: Lent 5A

Here’s a prayer of intercession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent, Year A.  It comes from the Lutheran Church in Australia website.

Prayer of Intercession: Lent 5A

We were dead in our sins,
but the word of God entered into our tomb
and called us out into new life.
Let us pray to the Father, knowing that he listens to us.

Dear Father in Heaven,
thank you for the gift of new life that you have given to us
through the waters of our baptism.
Help us, as your baptised people to daily die to sin
and rise to new life with Christ in the power of the Spirit.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We pray for all those who are mourning the death of a loved one.
Comfort them in the knowledge that Jesus has won a victory over death,
so that everyone who dies in Christ may have eternal life.
Keep us from fearing death, but at times of doubt,
help us put our faith in Jesus.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We pray for hospices and for people who work with the dying.
Keep them strong,
and give them peace to do their difficult worth with dignity and sensitivity.
We pray for all those people who work with alcoholics and drug addicts.
Use them to make a difference to people’s lives,
and to help them start their life anew.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

As we move close to Easter,
help us to live as Easter people who face death in the certain hope of resurrection.
Remind us and comfort us every day with your promise
that we will be raised up together with all who have died in the faith of Christ.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, through the death and resurrection of your Son,
you rescue us from death and the grave.
Restore us to life, so that we may serve you in the world;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

~ posted on the website of the Lutheran Church of Australia.