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“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
May your unfailing compassion, O Lord, cleanse and protect your Church, and, since without you she cannot stand secure, may she be always governed by your grace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
2 Kings 5:1-15; Psalm 42:2-3, 43:3- 4; Luke 4:24-30
We cannot be saved without you.
Today we are reminded of the terrible irony: a prophet is not well received at home. Jesus was not accepted by those who saw him as all too human. And, he was unable to act with power in their lives.
Is this Lenten season getting us out of our comfortable complacency, and helping us see the prophetic one in our midst? Is it helping us listen better, reach out with deeper longing, find a greater intimacy with the only one who can save us?.
My soul is thirsting for the living God: when shall I see God face to face? – Psalm 42
God of mercy, you gave us new life through baptism, – make us grow day by day in your likeness.
May our generosity today bring joy to those in need, – in helping them may we find you.
Help us to do what is good, right and true in your sight, – and to seek you always with undivided hearts.
Forgive our sins against the unity of your family, – make us one in heart and spirit.
Merciful God, Free your Church from the sins of this world and protect us from evil we see and the evil we prefer to ignore. We need your guidance, Lord for we cannot do this alone. Only with your help can we be saved. Thank you for your desire to save us and love us.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
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