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Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. A complete edition of the prayers is available though Augsburg Fortress [link].
  • Thematic
  • God of wilderness and water,
    your Son was baptized and tempted as we are.
    Guide us through this season,
    that we may not avoid struggle,
    but open ourselves to blessing,
    through the cleansing depths of repentance
    and the heaven-rending words of the Spirit. Amen.

    OR

    Artist of souls,
    you sculpted a people for yourself
    out of the rocks of wilderness and fasting.
    Help us as we take up your invitation to prayer and simplicity,
    that the discipline of these forty days
    may sharpen our hunger for the feast of your holy friendship,
    and whet our thirst for the living water you offer
    through Jesus Christ. Amen.

    OR

    God of the covenant,
    in the glory of the cross
    your Son embraced the power of death
    and broke its hold over your people.
    In this time of repentance,
    draw all people to yourself,
    that we who confess Jesus as Lord
    may put aside the deeds of death
    and accept the life of your kingdom. Amen.

    OR

    God of the living,
    through baptism we pass from the shadow of death
    to the light of the resurrection.
    Remain with us and give us hope
    that, rejoicing in the gift of the Spirit
    who gives life to our mortal flesh,
    we may be clothed with the garment of immortality,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
  • Intercessory
  • My brothers and sisters:
    reconciled to God by the mercy of Christ,
    we pray with confidence for the needs of the church and the world.

    Prayers of the People, concluding with:

    Through Christ you make us a new creation, O God,
    for with him we pass from sin to the new life of grace.
    Accept our prayers in the warm embrace of your compassion,
    and welcome all people to the festive banquet of your table,
    where we may rejoice in your love
    and celebrate the inheritance you have given to us.
    We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
  • Scripture (Series 1)
  • God of patient love,
    you await the return of the wayward and wandering
    and eagerly embrace them in pardon.
    Through baptism you have clothed us with the glory of Christ
    and restored our inheritance:
    give us generous hearts
    to welcome all who seek a place
    at the table of your unconditional love.
    We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
  • Scripture (Series 2)
  • Eternal lover of our wayward race,
    we praise you for your ever-open door.
    You open your arms to accept us
    even before we turn to meet your welcome; you invite us to forgiveness even before our hearts are softened to repentance.
    Hold before us the image of our humanity made new, that we may live in Jesus Christ, the model and the pioneer of your new creation. Amen.
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