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Christ Our Savior,

As our Lenten journey brings us

closer to Easter,

We see with a deeper awareness

our world’s desperate need

to experience

the healing power of your

justice and peace.

Make us sacraments of your mercy

and instruments of your compassion.

Show us how to be better stewards

of your people;

through our families,

our brothers and sisters

with whom we share your Eucharist,

our neighbors, and the stranger.

Show us how to carry the cross

so that by dying to ourselves

we may give new life to others.

And strengthen our faith, so that

we may proclaim your Easter triumph

more confidently,

every day,

in word and deed.

Amen.

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Merciful Lord,

As we prepare for our journey of renewal toward the great paschal feast of Easter,

teach us to be good stewards of

your mercy and forgiveness,

so that we may extend these gifts to others.

Give us the strength to bear witness to you at all times,

even in times of stress and adversity.

And fill our hearts with love that we may be faithful to the Gospel Jesus proclaimed

and ready to celebrate his resurrection.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

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Gracious God,

You sent us Your Spirit

to help us

live the Gospel

according to the gifts

we have been given.

 

Show us how to be

good stewards of

your grace and

passionate followers

of Christ, Your Son.

 

Grant us the wisdom

to recognize that

through His gift of the Eucharist

there is one bread,

and we are one body.

 

Give us the strength

to proclaim His Good News

in word and deed.

 

And teach us to live,

no longer for ourselves,

but in Jesus Christ

who lives and reigns with You

and the Holy Spirit,

one God forever and ever.

 

AMEN

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Lord God,

As we prepare for the transitions of August; 
of routines becoming regular,
signs of schools beginning to emerge, 
and traffic patterns getting heavier,
help us to appreciate the sacred rhythms in our lives.

Give us the wisdom to make our hearts be still, much as the August wind is still, 
so that we may listen to the gentle words you speak to us.

Help us understand that you alone are the source of every good gift, 
of the vast array of our universe, 
and the mystery of each human life.

And help us see that we are called to be good stewards of all the gifts you have entrusted to us;
tending them faithfully and responsibly so they may ultimately be returned to you with increase.

In this month of August while a measure of summer’s stillness remains,
speak to our hearts,
guide us in your Son’s ways,
and through your Spirit,
give us the strength to proclaim your justice and peace in our every day words and deeds.

We ask this through Christ, Our Lord.

Amen.

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