Second Sunday in Advent (December 9, 2012)

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(Congregation may be invited to be seated for prayer.)

With the prayer “Spirit of God” you are invited to respond…
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

1. Filled with expectation and with longing, let us pray for the church, those in need, and for all of God’s creation.

A brief silence.

2. You are full of tender compassion. Strengthen your church with your compassion and your courage that we might endure the day of your coming.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

3. Lord of the church, empower all communities of faith in their ministries. We pray for our partner Anglican Church of Canada along with our sister congregations in the BC Synod: In particular we pray for Emmaus Lutheran church in Burnaby and their pastor Nathan Fong and for Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Surrey and their pastor Peter Hanson. In this Advent Seasons sustain and encourage all with the assurance of your sustaining presence as together we pray, hear your Word, and sing our hymns of praise.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

4. Your dawn from on high breaks upon us. Prepare the earth itself for your coming, that we along with the valleys, the mountains and the wilderness might sing your praise.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

5. You seek to guide our feet into the way of peace. Give wisdom and courage to presidents, prime ministers, legislatures and judges—along with all citizens in all nations–especially those wracked by violence and animosity.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

6. You give your precious light to those who sit in darkness. We lift up those without homes or jobs, those dying of disease where there is no cure and those where the cure is not available. In this season of Advent we pray at this time for those who long for forgiveness, and those who long for healing and an absence of pain. We pray especially for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart at this time.

In this coming week, may our ministry be a source of comfort and strength to others.
Spirit of God
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

7. Loving God, continue to bless us in this Advent Season with your promises. We thank you for those who are celebrating graduations, marriages and other special events during this season.
– we thank you for those who have the gift of another birthday or another anniversary
– we thank you for friends who share with us in our times of joy;
– we thank you for friends who share with us in our times of quiet sadness;
– Finally we thank you for those special blessings we name aloud at this time….

Continue to help us see your presence in our daily lives.
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER.

8. We thank you for the witnesses who have gone before us. Help our love to overflow until the day when all flesh shall see the salvation of God
Spirit of God:
HEAR OUR PRAYER

9. Hear the prayers of your people, O God, and in your mercy grant us all we need, for the sake of your son, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

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