Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Sample Intercessions for Ash Wednesday - February 21, 2007

Ash Wednesday
February 21, 2007

The following are just samples meant to inspire your work. Use them as ideas for your own assembly's intercessions. Read 10 Principles for Writing Intercessions and How To Write Intercessions to help you write your own.

Presider:
Assembled to begin the lenten journey
toward the joyful paschal feast,
let us return with all our hearts
to the God who is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

Reader:
God of renewal, remember your church: [pause]
those who shepherd your people,
those ordained to serve,
those called to leadership.
For this, remember your mercy, Lord.

God of forgiveness, remember your lands: [pause]
cities devastated by war,
peoples plagued with hunger,
nations unable to reconcile.
For this, remember your mercy, Lord.

God of rest, remember your people: [pause]
those overburdened,
those imprisoned by fear,
those who have lost their way to you.
For this, remember your mercy, Lord.

God of salvation, remember our parish: [pause]
those who minister to the broken,
who shelter the homeless,
who seek safe refuge within our doors.
For this, remember your mercy, Lord.

God of living waters, remember our catechumens: [pause]
those who long to know you,
those who hunger for your bread of life,
those who thirst for your cup of salvation.
For this, remember your mercy, Lord.

God of promise, remember our sick,
especially those we now name: [pause]
For this, remember your mercy, Lord.

God of resurrection, remember our dead,
especially those we now name: [pause]
For this, remember your mercy Lord.

Presider:
Lord, hear our prayers and grant them according to your will,
for we ask them through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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