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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
  • Discerner of hearts,
    you look beneath our outward appearance
    and see your image in each of us.
    Banish in us the blindness
    that prevents us from recognizing truth,
    so we may see the world through your eyes
    and with the compassion of Jesus Christ who redeems us. Amen.
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