March 6th, 2022

Lord Jesus, as we enter this Lenten season we yearn to know your ways. We confess that we are tempted to shore up our own security instead of trusting in you and in the strength of your community. Open us to generosity and trust. Free our tightly clasped hands that we may serve and give, heal and protect, hold and lift up, sow and scatter the seeds of peace….

God of peace, the world is shaking due to an unprovoked war, a genocide.

Our hearts ache as we witness violence against peaceful people and the greedy grasping for power. We pray for peace through peaceful means, we pray for world leaders as they discern how best to curb a huge humanitarian crisis – and because you ask us to pray for our enemy, we pray for Vladimir Putin and those under his power doing violence, maiming and needlessly killing.

Lord, hear our prayer…..

Lord Jesus, as people who proclaim peace and strive to live in peace, we confess that our words and actions have caused harm. Create in us a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within us. As your witnesses, may we sow the seeds of peace in all of our relationships, our neighborhoods, workplaces, and beyond. May we spread the pollen of peace and seek justice for those who hunger for bread but only find stones, those who seek justice but can find no advocate who will help them; and those who are in danger and have no one watching over them.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord, speak to us in the silence of our hearts.

Show us the way to go as we seek your way…

Pour out your healing grace upon our loved ones who stand in need of healing, hope, and wholeness. We know them by name. You know each need, each one, your beloved. We pray in the name of Jesus, who taught us to come to you saying,

Our Father….

We hold in prayer all who grieve. May each know the peace of Christ.

We pray for all who stand in need of healing for emotional, relational, physical, and spiritual pain. May your healing grace hold the wounded and those who love them. May all those who are struggling receive the care and support they need. We also pray for our Households of Faith.  May your smile be bright upon each family. Surround each with loving relationships, meaningful work, and focus for studies. Whether at work or rest, bless their hearts and home with overflowing love and peace. Amen