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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.


    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.


    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.


    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
  • Sisters and brothers,
    as Jesus, in the days before his passion,
    offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears,
    let us pray for those who suffer, those who are in need,
    and those who seek reconciliation.

    Prayers of the People, concluding with:

    God of compassion,
    you know our faults and yet you promised to forgive.
    Keep us in your presence and give us your wisdom.
    Open our hearts to gladness,
    call dry bones to dance,
    and restore to us the joy of your salvation. Amen.
  • Scripture
  • Creator God,
    you prepare a new way in the wilderness
    and your grace waters the desert.
    Help us to recognize your hand
    working miracles beyond our imagining.
    Open our hearts to be transformed
    by the new thing you are doing,
    so that our lives may proclaim
    the extravagance of your love for all,
    and its presence in Jesus Christ. Amen.
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