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Prayers for the Lectionary Year C

Praying through the Lectionary Year  C - Third Sunday in Lent

The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) offers a three-year cycle with four readings for every Sunday in the Church Year.

These readings are:
A Lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures (or Acts during the Season of Easter)
A Psalm
A Lesson from the Epistles or Acts
A Lesson from the Gospels

The following prayers follow a traditional form using the pattern of ACT (Adoration, Confession and Thanksgiving).

There is also an opening prayer which can be used at the beginning of a service.

Third Sunday in Lent

Isaiah 55:1-9; Psalm 63:1-11; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9 


This is the day that the Lord has made.
This is the day when he can be found.
God of all, breath of life,
Living water, Saviour, friend.
Come as the hungry, feed on his Word
Come as the thirsty, drink of his Love
Come as the faithful, worship the Lord.


Faithful God, your love flows
as a river over parched land,
refreshes and revives.
Precious Son, the Word of life
to those who thirst for truth
in a world awash with lies.
Gracious Spirit, gentle breeze,
strength and comfort,
for hearts that are dry.
Triune God, blessed One,
who is source of light and life
we offer you our praise.


When hearts are willing
but our minds distracted
by the world in which we move
forgive us.
When our souls are thirsty
and we drink from water
that will so easily run dry
forgive us.
May we seek your face
in a world which passes you by.
May we hear your voice
in a world which is focussed on “I”
May we know your forgiveness,
and share it on our journeying
this and every day. Amen


In a world beset with conflict,
you are the peace which endures,
the heart of love which beats
in the souls of all who call on your name.
In a world beset with doubt,
you are the One waiting to be found,
the living water that
refreshes those who ask the question “Why?”
In a world beset with sin,
you are forgiveness and love,
compassion and grace,
footsteps to follow all the days of our lives.

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