PRAYER: Ash Wednesday, by Christine Odell

Ash Wednesday prayer Christine Odell

From Companion to the Revised Common Lectionary

Gracious God,
we would grieve with you over the sins of your world:
the sin of warfare
that leaves a young, strong man
with no sight and no hope;Silence
the sin of injustice
that leaves a dissident woman in prison
tortured, degraded and betrayed;Silence
the sin of greed
that leaves a swollen-bellied child
weakly wailing with hunger.Silence
Gracious God,
we would grieve with you over the sins of our world.
We pray for a true repentance,
a turning of hearts and minds and lives.
God, create a pure heart for us:
give us a new and steadfast spirit.

Gracious God,
we would grieve with you over the sins of humankind:
the sin of selfishness
that leaves us seeing only our own needs,
blinding us to the needs of others;Silence
the sin of fear
that imprisons, limits and alienates us
diminishing our humanity and our loving;Silence
the sin of materialism
that worships the trivial and the transient
and leaves us unsatisfied and despairing.Silence
Gracious God,
we would grieve with you over the sins of humankind.
We pray for a true repentance,
a turning of hearts and minds and lives.
God, create a pure heart for us:
give us a new and steadfast spirit.

In the name of Jesus Christ, who came to call sinners to repentance and to lead us into the kingdom of God.

Amen.

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