Fifth Sunday of Lent (Prayer)

fruit of spirit love windowOn Sundays during Lent and Easter, the Emerging Scholars Network will share collects from The Book of Common Prayer and prayer requests from Emerging Scholars*. Scholar’s Compass will continue, but will appear on weekdays instead of Sundays.

Collect for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Book of Common Prayer

O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and
affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people that they may
love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that
which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and
manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there
be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.*

Prayer requests for the week:

  • That I would become ever closer to Jesus and center my life on him amidst the pressures of grad school. — Shared by a student at the Urbana Student Missions Conference during ESN’s seminar.
  • God’s presence in the midst of the anxiety and loneliness of graduate school. — Shared by a student at recent campus prayer time.
  • Building upon the above requests: Let us join together in praying for all followers of Christ in graduate school (across the nation, the creation) to become closer to Jesus, to center their life on him amidst the pressures they face in school, home, community, beyond. Pray for God’s presence through his Word, Spirit, people, and creation to be unmistakeable not only this week, but also through the labors/years to come. To God be the glory!

Image: Fruit of the Spirit, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55637 [retrieved March 5, 2016]. Original source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dublin_Christ_Church_Cathedral_Passage_to_Synod_Hall_Window_Fruit_of_the_Spirit_2012_09_26.jpg. “Lord as Good Shepherd along with the Fruit of the Spirit, namely Love (inscription in centre), Joy & Peace (top inscription), and in clockwise direction: Longsuffering, Faith, Gentleness, Goodness, Meekness, Temperance in reference to Galatians 5:22-23, surrounded by medallions, depicting an angel carrying a scroll with the inscription Gloria in excelsis deo (top, representing joy & peace), and then in clockwise direction: Job (upper right, representing long-suffering), Jonathan (lower right, representing faithfulness), Ruth (bottom, representing goodness and gentleness), Moses (lower left, representing meekness), and John the Baptist (upper left, representing temperance, see Matthew 3:4).” [from Wikimedia]

*As you and/or your fellowships have particular prayer requests to share, please email ESN.

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