For the Second Sunday in Lent


Loving Lord,


You have invited us to come to you and follow you,

And so, we assemble today in worship, coming into

Your presence.


You have invited us to put ourselves aside, to forget

Self and draw near to the Source and Center of all in

Your presence.


You have invited us to take up our cross, to go with

You, stoop under its load, aware we are the borne in

Your presence.


Yes, Loving Lord, we’re the afflicted contagion-carriers

You welcome, embrace, and love us free of lethal toxins in

Your presence.


Yes, Loving Lord, you bid the sick and dying to give to

You their deadly contagion and receive their healing in

Your presence.


Loving Lord,


Let this happen today in all the places we gather!

Help us turn from our selfish ways, to follow your

Lead, to lay ourselves down for others, assured that

Walking with you will lead to life that is Life indeed,

Even if first we must walk through shadows of death.


Help those who are walking through shadows today.

Whether infected with literal viral contagion or other

Sicknesses of body or soul, let them know they are

Not alone, nor are they defined by their illness; and

Healing from you awaits them.


In your name we pray, amen.

Published by David Kendall

Reverend David W. Kendall, an ordained elder in the Great Plains Conference, was elected to the office of bishop of the Free Methodist Church in May 2005. He serves as overseer of East Michigan, Gateway, Great Plains, Mid-America, North Central, North Michigan, Ohio, Southern Michigan, Wabash, African Area Annual Conferences; and Coordinator of oversight for the World Ministries Center.

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