Mar 5, 2016

Pastoral Prayer for Lent 5C

Here’s a pastoral prayer for Lent 5C.  It comes from the LCA Worship Planning Page.  (See below for link.)

Pastoral Prayer for Lent 5, Year C

Our Lord received Mary's offering. Let us come before God our Father and offer our prayers for the world, knowing that he will hear us for Jesus' sake.

Gracious heavenly Father, we offer you our thanks, praise and love through Jesus Christ our Lord, who gave himself for us. Thank you for your holy church which you sustain with your powerful, life giving word. Bless your church throughout the world that all your people may celebrate the coming days of holy week with true faith and devotion. Be especially with those who are preparing for baptism and confirmation this Easter.
Lord in your mercy:      
hear our prayer

Your Son accepted the service of Martha, the friendship of Lazarus, and the devotion of Mary: bless your people everywhere who serve you in all kinds of different ways:
·        for those who serve in the church, as presidents, pastors, church workers and lay people;
·        for those who serve in the home, as parents and care-givers and home-makers;
·        for those who serve in the workplace, as employers and employees;
·        for students and school children who serve by learning for the future;
·        for those who volunteer their services in the community;
·        for those who offer friendship;
·        for those who pray, fast, or give generously of their time and money;
·        for those who befriend the disadvantaged;
·        for those who whose work is dangerous.

Bless the service of all your people, and assure them that you are well pleased with their work.
Lord in your mercy:      
hear our prayer

Show your kindness to those who serve in similar ways, but do not yet know you, or that they serve you. Reward them with your grace, open their eyes to see you, and grant them true faith, hope and love.
Lord in your mercy:      
hear our prayer

Speak to the consciences of those who plan some evil – show them that honesty is better than falsehood, and that peace is better than violence. Give to our political leaders and citizens alike a deep commitment to goodness and mutual well-being. Keep us all from the greed and false compassion of Judas.
Lord in your mercy:      
hear our prayer

Your Son drew close to Lazarus and raised him from the dead: be near all people who are close to death, and grant them faith in you. Strengthen all who are preparing for the death of a loved one, that they may make the most of the time left to them. And help all who work among the dying: the doctors, nursing staff, chaplains and volunteers who work in hospices and nursing homes.
Lord in your mercy:      
hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, Mary honoured the Lord with her gift of perfume. May we honour you in our lives by honouring all who are in need; 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 LCA Worship Planning Page. http://www.lca.org.au/worship/cowadmin/?attachment_id=3964