Prayers of the People | Second Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Let us pray to God saying:
gracious and merciful God,
may your goodness shine upon us.

Holy God,
you are our light and our salvation,
the stronghold of our lives.
Our confidence is in you who created us
and creates us anew even this day.
On this journey to the cross,
show us the guidance and grace
that you so abundantly have given
to those who have gone before us.
Gracious and merciful God,
may your goodness shine upon us.

God of the cross,
we are no strangers to trials and tribulations.
When we are tempted to give in to fear
and to give in to the evil that assails us,
strengthen our hearts and steady our gaze
upon your Son who goes with us in this wilderness.
May we not forget the brilliance of his transfigured face
and the power of his healing touch
as we traverse this Lenten journey.
Gracious and merciful God,
may your goodness shine upon us.

God of all goodness and grace,
your light shines in the darkness
and illumines the path ahead.
Do not hide your face from us
but turn to us, your servants,
as we are gathered and sent in the name of your Son.
Send your Spirit into this place
that we might do the work of his church
and carry the good news of the gospel
to every corner of the earth.
Gracious and merciful God,
may your goodness shine upon us.

God of life,
we pray this day for your children in places
that cry out for your goodness and your grace.
We who are [name of community] pray this day
for your presence to be made known
in those places where justice is needed
and violence is far too commonplace.
Empower us to speak your Word
in the wilderness of this World.
Gracious and merciful God,
may your goodness shine upon us.

God who hears our every cry,
we pray this day for [prayer concerns of the community].
Hear us as we pray,
either within our hearts or upon our lips,
those we hold this day in prayer…
Gracious and merciful God,
may your goodness shine upon us.

Holy God,
hear our prayers this day
and renew our hearts for the journey ahead
as we pray the prayer you taught us to pray saying:
Our Father, who art in heaven…

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