Ezekiel 2:1-5 and Mark 6:1-13

The response to “Lord in your mercy” is “Hear our prayer”

Let us pray for the Earth

Lord, your creation is wondrous and delicate
You have entrusted us to care for it
Now, in the midst of winter
we see both the strength and the weakness
in the beauty of the delicate native iris flowers
their tender blooms protected
by strong, study leaves.
That pop up in surprising places
to gladden our hearts.
Help us to see the delicate beauties of our world
And fill us with the desire
To care for it as you have entrusted us.

Holy Spirit, come with your healing power;
Precious Spirit
Gift of Christ,
Fill us with us God’s love
and give us strength in our weakness.

“Lord in your mercy”
“Hear our prayer”

Let us pray for the the world and for all people

Lord, you wrap us all
with your love,
with with your mighty, gentle arms
you carry us
like a strong and tender parent,
setting us on our feet
to be your own
as free, mature and joyful daughters and sons.

Now, in our weakness, we pray to you
because we know cannot come through life’s troubles unscathed
Yet we also know that
with souls and bodies stressed and strained,
we cannot meet each other’s needs
without your Holy Spirit
to give us the strength we,
in our weakness
so desperately need.

Holy Spirit, come with your healing power;
Precious Spirit
Gift of Christ,
Fill us with us God’s love
and give us strength in our weakness.

“Lord in your mercy”
“Hear our prayer”

Let us pray fo the church and its misssion

Lord, we turn to you for strength
Stengenthen our church
Strengthen us to share
your good news
That we might give your strength
to others

Holy Spirit, come with your healing power;
Precious Spirit
Gift of Christ,
Fill us with us God’s love
and give us strength in our weakness.

“Lord in your mercy”
“Hear our prayer”

Let us pray for those in need

We join our prayers to the prayers of Christ
for those we know who are ill or troubled,
and for all your suffering children
who are beyond our reach
we know that all are brought home to your heart
in the prayers of Christ
and in the silent intercessions of your Spirit,
who comes from your deep heart to ours,
and returns again to you with all our deepest longings.

Holy Spirit, come with your healing power;
Precious Spirit
Gift of Christ,
Fill us with us God’s love
and give us strength in our weakness.

“Lord in your mercy”
“Hear our prayer”

Let us pray for the faithful departed

Lord, we give thanks to your servants in every age,
upon whose foundations of love and faith
we gather here today.
Show us how to continue their work in our communities
so that we may hand on a loving and healthy church
to our children and our grandchildren.

Holy Spirit, come with your healing power;
Precious Spirit
Gift of Christ,
Fill us with us God’s love
and give us strength in our weaknes

“Lord in your mercy”
“Hear our prayer”

Merciful God, you have promised to hear our prayers
Grant that what we have asked in faith, we may, by your Grace, receive.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord,

Amen

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