Prayers for Lent — Dalton, Massachusetts and, Raumati, New Zealand

Becky Crane sent me this Ash Wednesday prayer — a little late. File it away for next year … or pray it in the words that follow.

Ash Wednesday Blessing
Loving God,
You create us from the stardust of the universe
All the elements of creation reside within us
May these ashes be for us a sign
Of our beauty and our fragility, our mortality
And a reminder of our connectedness to All
A reminder of your unconditional Love
Amen

Lenten Prayer
Loving God,
You create us from the stardust of the universe
All the elements of creation reside within us
From the ashes that begin this season
To the hosannas that wave new palms
Be for us a sign
Of our beauty and our fragility, our mortality
And a reminder of our connectedness to All
A reminder of your unconditional Love
Amen

And from Rosalie Sugrue in Raumati — the worship bulletin for Kapiti Uniting Parish (Christian Churches of NZ, Methodist, Presbyterian) This responsive prayer (congregation speaks italics)

Dear God our hope is to:
Fast from unkind thoughts; May we instead feast on love:
Fast from sadness; May we feast on joy;
Fast from anger; May we feast on peace;
Fast from pessimism; May we feast on patience;
Fast from discouragement; May we feast on faithfulness;
Fast from bitterness; May we feast on kindness;
Fast from negativity; May we feast on gentleness;
Fast from worry; May we feast on goodness;
Fast from indulgence; May we feast on self-control.

Gracious God,
During this season of fasting make us keenly aware of the feasting you offer.
Gift us with your presence, so we can be gift to others in carrying out your work. Amen.

photo by David Mankin

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