Prayers of Intercession for the Sunday before Lent

Lord of transformation and change
hear our prayer.

As we pause before the beginning of Lent let us reflect on…
the things we would like to see change in our world,
the things we would like to see change in our nation and community,
and the things we need help to change in ourselves.  

Lord of transformation and change
hear our prayer. 

Lord, we seem so capable of smashing up and breaking your beautiful world showing hatred and violence and, in so doing, we overwhelm your plan of love. Night after night on our TVs we see people’s homes destroyed, hospitals crowded with the injured, people lacking food and clean water, and grieving families burying their dead.  We keep getting it so wrong.
Forgive us, Lord, and help us all to strive to show your transforming love wherever we are in the world.

Lord of transformation and change
hear our prayer.

Lord, we seem to get so many things wrong closer to home.  We hear of stories of corruption and greed, of people lacking housing and finding it hard to pay their bills, of the elderly feeling lonely and of young families struggling to cope. These are things that are happening here in our own communities.
Lord, make us aware of the needs of our neighbours, and help us to be prepared to help them. Forgive us when we walk by on the other side. Help us to show your love wherever we go.

Lord of transformation and change
hear our prayer.

Lord, we hear of and know people who are ill, who are anxious and bewildered, and who fear what the next day will bring.  We have been asked to pray for (Names). We know that you walk with all your precious children. We pray that those we have named will be aware of your love surrounding them. 
We also remember those who have died recently (Names)May they rest in peace…. and rise in Glory.
Lord, we know we are not always good at caring for people around us, so forgive us, and help us to show your love to those we know of who are in need, who are sick, or who are grieving.

Lord of transformation and change
hear our prayer.

Lord, as we approach Lent and as we reflect on your world, on this country and this community and church, help us also to reflect on what we would like to be changed and transformed in ourselves during Lent.  We pray that the forty days of Lent will be a time when we will align ourselves to God’s transforming love and be changed by it. And as we are changed may we help to change the lives of others, reflecting God’s love in the world.

Lord of transformation and change
hear our prayer.

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