Prayer of the Day
O God, rich in mercy, by the humiliation of your Son you lifted
up this fallen world and rescued us from the hopelessness of death. Lead
us into your light, that all our deeds may reflect your love, through
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Reading the Scripture
Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21
wilderness and water, your Son was baptized and tempted as we are. Guide
us through this season, that we may not avoid struggle, but open ourselves
to blessing, through the cleansing depths of repentance and the
heaven-rending words of the Spirit. Amen.
Steadfast God, you reach out to us in mercy even when we rebel against
your holy call and prefer to walk in disobedience rather than in the way
of your divine truth. soften our hearts with the warmth of your love, that
we may know your Son alive within us, redeeming us and raising us up into
your eternal presence. Amen.
In Our Prayers
My brothers and sisters: reconciled to God by the mercy of
Christ, we pray with confidence for the needs of the church and the world.
Especially we pray for those known by the St. John's family:
Mina, Jim, Kay, Marie, Jami, Angie, Tim, Ken, Norbert, Duane, Gale,
Tom, Cheryl, Janet, Barb, Dave, Joyce, Russell, Dylan, the Lind family and
all who are in need.
We pray for all who grieve for any reason.
Especially we pray for the family of Gaynelle Myers.
We pray for
all who rejoice for families gathering, for baptisms, and for all good
We pray for our bishops Elizabeth and Don.
Christ you make us a new creation, O God, for with him we pass from sin to
the new life of grace. Accept our prayers in the warm embrace of your
compassion, and welcome all people to the festive banquet of your
table, where we may rejoice in your love and celebrate the inheritance you
have given to us. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.