Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Prayer for Ash Wednesday 5 March

Today, from our church family, we pray for Megan Barker.

Collect for Ash Wednesday
“Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing that you have made
and forgive the sins of all those who are true penitents:
create and make in us new and contrite hearts
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may receive from you, the God of mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord,
who is alive ad reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.  Amen.”

“O Lord of Grace, lead us and guide us from a life of self-centredness and satisfaction for what we are and what we do to a life of dependence on you.  Inspire our hearts that we rise beyond the daily trifles of our existence and join with you in love and concern for the whole of creation, that we may always remind ourselves that we are the disciples of one who did not help himself but was a man for others.  Grant that we may, through our lives and example, work for a world where God is praised and we all live like salt and leaven in the midst of this mass of humanity and in a bond of charity.  O God the Holy Spirit, inspire, hallow and guide us in this vocation of wholeness and healing, through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.“  (Church of Bangladesh). Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.