Your people are famished, O God.
We are hungry for kindness and compassion.
We are starving for thoughtful dialogue.
We long for caring interaction.
In this wilderness journey called Lent,
we are facing the demons inside us,
and fearful that we will not be able to stand firm
in your Word.
Send your Holy Spirit to sustain us
with courage, we pray,
to place the tempter within us on trial,
to speak truth
in response to the lies we tell ourselves.
Then send us out to feed your lambs
with the same love you have shown us
in these desolate times.
Restore our strength,
that we may be more fully prepared
to carry out the ministry to which you have called us
as your transformed people
on the other side of these forty days.
In Jesus’ name we pray,
Amen.


Julie Gvillo is Commissioned Pastor (PCUSA) and Founder and Creative Executive Director of A Place of Grace. Julie shares liturgy written on RCL passages each week on her blog, Point of Contact: Where Life and Worship Intersect.


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