The Sunday Next Before Lent.
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Perfect God and Father, You value each of us so much that you sent Your son, Jesus Christ, to pay for our sins and redeem us all. As You have shown our value to you, let us take that example to show how we value You by caring for our fellow human beings and sharing Your love to Your people, created in Your image.
As we approach the season of Lent, bless the initiatives taking place wherever Lent is observed.
Bless and guide Lent Groups. Lead them as they seek to serve communities by living as an example that can bring more people to You.
Eternal, loving God help us to look forward with hope, expectation and action through Lent and beyond.
Christ Jesus who gave us freedom to live, work and to worship you, we pray for the 200 migrants rescued from modern slavery on a flower picking farm in Cornwall. Help them, and all who are forced to work under unjust conditions, to integrate into our free society or the society wherever they may be.
We pray that in places beyond our direct influence, there is someone to help and support those living or working under slave conditions, or under any kind of injustice that might be inflicted upon them. We ask for all slaves to be freed and for justice upon the slave-masters and the oppressed alike.
Loving Father we bring to you those hurt in body, mind or spirit. The unwell and the injured. Heal those injured by their and our fellow humans, in places like Syria, Somalia, Yemen and wherever there are victims of violence perpetrated on human by human. Heal too the minds of those who enact that violence. Forgive them as an example to us and to their victims to forgive them.
In our own localities, we offer this prayer for those we know in need of your healing, comfort or wisdom. We pray for those needing care, those who care for them and medical staff who treat them.
Eternal God, thank you for hearing our prayers. May we listen with open hearts and minds for your response whenever, wherever and however you choose to respond.
Merciful Father, accept this prayer for the sake of Your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.