Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and your house. [Deuteronomy 26: 11]
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, abides under the shadow of the Almighty. He shall say to the Lord, "You are my refuge and my stronghold, my God in whom I put my trust. [Psalm 91:1-2]
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. [Romans 10: 12-13]
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil...Jesus answered him..."One does not live by bread alone...Worship the Lord your God and serve only him...Do not put the Lord your God to the test." [Luke 4:1-2a,4b, 8b, 12b]
LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY
Leader: ~ Almighty God, Most High, as we enter the pilgrim way of Lent once more, let these 40 days and 40 nights fill us with unceasing prayer. Strengthen our souls to dismiss the enticements of this earthly life, and to proclaim, with faith on our lips and in our hearts, that Christ Jesus is our Risen Lord.
~ Almighty God, Most High, grant us the fortitude of Christ in the wilderness to stand before the Powers of this World, this Nation, and this Community, to demand for all people the release from affliction, injustice, inhumanity, and oppression imposed by the evils of greed and corruption. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
~ Almighty God, Most High, shelter in Your love all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, and encourage all who give them help. We now join our voices to pray aloud for those in need… add your own petitions
~ Almighty God, Most High, ease the hearts of all who grieve, as those we love in our living memory are now risen in the joy and glory of eternal life. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
~ Almighty God, Most High, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt thanksgivings, intercessions, petitions, and memorials, aloud or silently… add your own petitions
~ Almighty God, Most High, may all who are chosen to bring us Your Word and Sacraments in times of sorrow and times of gladness, abide under Your Shadow, bound to you in love. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
The Celebrant adds: O Lord, our God, rescue us from the wilderness of our own making, turn us from fear to faith, and from complacency to action. Help us keep the Word near on our lips and in our hearts as we call upon Your name and serve only You. We ask through Jesus, the Christ of our Salvation; and the Holy Spirit, Divine Breath of our Souls; who together with You are One God, now and forever. Amen.