Prayers and Reflections for March 22, 2020
[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]
Call to Worship & Opening Prayer:
Jesus healed the man born blind using the stuff of life:
dirt and spit, mixed with a blessing and a reminder to wash.
Those around him questioned the man,
blaming his lack of sight on some unknown sin
they felt he needed forgiveness for.
Fred Rogers acted as Jesus did:
modelling that there are times we need forgiveness -
for the times we’ve hurt one another;
for the times we’ve held grudges;
for the ways we hold on to our pain.
Let us pray:
Help us, O God, to let go of our hurts,
disappointments, and anger;
to forgive one another, and to forgive ourselves,
that we might experience healing in body and soul,
as the blind man did.
Walk with us on this Lenten journey
and help us to become more like Jesus. Amen.
Music for Singing or Listening:
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:
[Written by Katherine L. Kussmaul as shared at www.liturgylink.net ]
Holy One, Bridger of Distance, Connector of Beings,
hear our prayer…
In the midst of non-stop news stories
about illness and scarcity, press conferences and cancellations…
grant us quiet in our minds.
In the midst of heightened anxiety
about caregivers and caregiving, about health and hygiene,
grant us calm in our hearts.
In the midst of opposing views:
close doors or stay open,reach out or hunker down…
grant us peace in our spirits.
In the midst of distance in our families, our faith communities,
in all our relationships with others…
grant us connection in our separation.
In the midst of our lives:
our gratitude and concerns, our hopes and longings…
grant us an abiding sense of Your Comfort.
[A silent prayer may be offered here]
The Lord’s Prayer:
Words only, Voices United # 921
Sung Version, Voices United # 959 The Lord's Prayer by David Haas
While we extinguish this candle,
we affirm that the light of Christ can never be put out.
May God’s love and grace be with us all.