Hearing the call to return to the Lord, let us join the whole people of God in prayer for all who cry out in pain and in hope.
A brief silence.
1) Gracious God, so many times we turn away from you and you always welcome us back. We are thankful that even though we don't always produce the kind of fruit that you desire, you give us a second chance. Help us to allow Jesus to work in our lives so that we will produce the kind of fruit that you want from us. Thank you for the invitation to share, fast and pray so that you can form new hearts within us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
2) God of Abundance, bless all who worked many hours last week to enable the success of our Flea Market We praise you for the funds that were raised and the blessings that our helpers experienced during the work. During this Lenten season give us all a new and expanded vision for our lives. Rather than focusing on what we might be giving up, let us focus on the one who gave it all up for us. Bless and guide our pastors as they lead us this Lenton season because they bear the struggles of so many in our midst. Help
each of us to live full of faith and to feel renewed hope in the face of our own adversity. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.