Shared Prayer for Lent

At Gettysburg Seminary we journey with you in Lent, on the way to Easter and  from the midst of Lent_2014__cross-only-vsm.jpgshaping the leaders who will soon be leading this journey. And what great challenges they will face.  And what great hope they have through the promises of Jesus Christ to face those challenges, lead and guide all of us, and challenge us in turn. 

Please use and enjoy this devotional of heartfelt prayers from our students, staff, faculty, alumni, board and friends.  By being joined in shared prayer we are one community.

Join With Us Lent 2014 Daily Prayers

For a PDF of Gettysburg Seminary's 2014 Lenten Prayers
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We are sharing on campus and within our social media circles a shared prayer for each day of this Lenten season. We invite you to share in this prayer partnership as well, and commend them to you as a gift from us, students, faculty, staff, spouses, and board members.
We invite you to share with others too as you extend this hospitality and prayer life with others.

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Getting the Most out of Lent Video by Mark Oldenburg

Teach us to Pray offers a five week educational program for focus on prayer by Dr. Mark Vitalis Hoffman, plus a 10 minute video Teach us to Pray which serves as a brief primer on the history of prayer by Dr. Gerald Christianson.

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Prayers for the First days of Lent: oremus.jpg

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Scripture Reading
Isaiah 58:1-12

Gracious and Loving God, bring your power to remove our sinful chains, to tear away the ropes of the burdensome yoke, and to set free the oppressed.  May your light shine through us regardless of our brokenness.  In Christ’s name we pray.

Richard Egtvedt
Student, Delaware-Maryland Synod

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Scripture Reading
Psalm 51

God of all Creation, we lift up in prayer those who are suffering from the lack of religious freedoms all over the world. We pray that you will open up our ears and eyes to hear and see their cries.  Lead us into the renewing of our minds by giving us new experiences outside of our faith communities.  Give us the courage to go where the Spirit leads us, and empower us as individuals and communities of faith to work for peace.  May we be your instruments of peace where peace seems impossible.  In your Holy Name, Amen.

The Rev. Ricky A. Phillips
Student, Alumni, Pastor - Mazeppa Lutheran Church, Lewisburg, PA, Upper Susquehanna Synod

Friday, March 7, 2014
Scripture Reading
Jonah 4:1-11

Loving God, we often feel weak and afraid until we remember that your care and love for us appeared in the person of your Son, Jesus Christ who life, death and resurrection was for us.  Strengthen us so we can feel your Holy Spirit lift our eyes to behold Christ’s cross and your victory.  Amen.

The Rev. John Fehringer
Volunteer, Alumnus, Retired, Upstate New York Synod

Saturday, March 8, 2014
Scripture Reading
Isaiah 58:1-12

Holy God, in this time of Lent, we remember all that you have given us, including food to nourish and sustain our bodies.  Guide us in your ways of justice, that we may seek after you in all we do.  Help us to more willingly serve others, sharing what we have been given and welcoming those who are strangers to us.  We pray this in your name, Amen.

Kristen Papson
Student, Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod

Sunday, March 9, 2014
Scripture Reading
Matthew 4:1-11

Heavenly Lord, guide our path upward to you and teach us the ways of your loving justice.  Chastise us yet with mercy for manipulating the resources of your creation to reap a harvest of death against our neighbor, and cause us to cease from the folly of war forever more.  Amen.

Dr. B. Bohleke
Library Director and Archivist, Lower Susquehanna Synod