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Theology in the second person: The LORD, the Liberator

Theology in the second person: The LORD, the Liberator

Merciful and gracious heavenly Father, you saw the affliction of your people Israel in Egypt. You knew their suffering, and you cared enough to rescue them.

So you raised up Moses – a great prophet – to lead your people out of slavery in Egypt to freedom in the promised land.

And now you have raised up another prophet like Moses from among your people – Jesus of Nazareth. Once again you have set your people free, and now you have grafted us into that multinational community of the church, so that we with all your people can worship you in spirit and in truth.

We lift our prayer up to you in faith, therefore, confident that you who have begun a good work in us will continue it, for our sake and for the sake of the community in which you have placed us.

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