Mercy and Love Responsive Prayer

Lord, you give us choices each and every day.
This week we have seen your path,
and turned away from it.
We have seen our brother or sister in need
and we did not turn to help.
Lord, have mercy.
We have said cruel or unkind words,

or refrained from saying helpful words
when they were needed.
Lord, have mercy.
We have been critical of those

who failed to offer us a helping hand,
while ignoring our own apathy towards others.
Lord, have mercy.
We have used our resources, gifts from you,

to help only ourselves.
Lord, have mercy.
We give you thanks that in spite of ourselves

you show your love to us in many ways
each and every day.
Lord, your love sustains us.
We give you thanks for life and breath today,

for health and food to eat,
and a beautiful world to live in.
Lord, your love sustains us.
We give you thanks for the many people in our lives

who love us, who care for us,
whose presence brings us joy.
Lord, your love sustains us.
We give you thanks for this community of faith,

faithful in every season, singing your praises,
encouraging us to give our utmost to our Saviour.
Lord, your love sustains us.
We give you thanks for sending your son Jesus Christ

through whose death we receive pardon,
through whose resurrection we have hope.
God of grace, everything we are belongs to you,
be with us this week as we go from this place.
Lord, your love sustains us and gives us peace.


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About Carol Penner

I am a Mennonite pastor currently teaching theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. I’ve served congregations in Ontario and most recently, Alberta.

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