A moment of contemplation for yourself or on behalf of others on everything from the life-altering to the mundane.


Prayer: A conversation with The Higher Other who lives within each of us. An invitation to vent, to re-think, to ask, and to rest.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Prayers of the People: You Can't Take It With You, 2nd Sunday in Lent

for March 1, 2015, Second Sunday in Lent, Year B, Readings: Gen 17:1-7, Ps 22:22-30, Romans 4:13-25, Mark 8:31-38
For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?
[Mark 8:36]
A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out
and get more stuff. 
  [George Carlin]
            Strive! Accomplish! Acquire!  Isn't that what life in our culture is all about? Sure I know I "can't take it with me" but while I'm here there's so much I want. What's wrong with having nice things and living well - actually, there's not so much wrong  but the real question is: when is enough, enough?
          Having it all may be more of a sacrifice than we realize. So much effort and stress is required for attaining more and more and more to the detriment of our spirits and souls. Do we need  the newest iPhone, the next Smart TV, the most encompassing cable tv bundle with 500+ channels and the ability to record hundreds of hours of such soul-enriching content as anything with "Housewife" in the title, beach volleyball, or promoting ego satisfaction among stage parents, and so very many ways to shop for stuff? 
          Indeed we are meant to enjoy life and not merely endure it. Part of the enjoyment is in truly realizing, and accepting, that not all of the reward of a life in Christ comes after we die. Living more simply without a false sense of need for possessions can free us to savor the beauty of God's presence in the simple pleasures of a sunset, a child's glee, a piece of music, or the fulfilling moment of giving peace to another's soul through a smile, a meal, or just listening. We do know what we're to do, we just need to do it! God's Covenant bestows eternal grace and it is always available through simple faith. Let us work together to experience God's grace as we follow Christ and live our faith through the Gospel.

LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY

Leader:  ~ Almighty God, Giver of Life, You call us into existence; You know us each by name. Open our hearts to share in the righteousness of the faith of Abraham. Guide us to know deeply that Your Covenant with all generations rests on Your gift of never-ending grace.
 
LORD of Promise, LORD Most High
        RESPONSE:      Our God in whom we put our trust

~ Almighty God, Giver of Life, while earthly government may be rooted in human authority, grant us divine inspiration to encourage right action by political leaders on behalf of all Your people. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

LORD of Promise, LORD Most High
Our God in whom we put our trust

~ Almighty God, Giver of Life, may those who suffer in body, mind or spirit, or whose life circumstance is filled with woe, feel the warmth and light of Your holy presence and restful peace in their souls.   We pray especially for: add your own petitions

LORD of Promise, LORD Most High
Our God in whom we put our trust

~ Almighty God, Giver of Life, give solace to those in the depths of mourning even as You, and all of Heaven, raise a joyful shout of welcome to those now returned to eternal life. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

LORD of Promise, LORD Most High
Our God in whom we put our trust

~ Almighty God, Giver of Life, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt intentions and petitions, aloud or silently…

LORD of Promise, LORD Most High
Our God in whom we put our trust

~ Almighty God, Giver of Life, grant extraordinary wisdom to those who lead us in Your Church, that we may hear Your Word through their voices and turn our lives to You. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

LORD of Promise, LORD Most High
Our God in whom we put our trust


The Celebrant adds:  God of Abraham, Sarah, and all Your People, strengthen our resolve to follow the Gospel path that we may reap high profits in spirit and forfeit the temporary, transient, and false treasure of our human experience. We ask this through Jesus, Son of Man, and the Holy Spirit, Source of Wisdom, who together with You, reign as One God, now and forever. Amen.





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