Second Sunday in Advent (December 8, 2013)

The following prayers have been adapted for congregational use by Rev. Gerald Mitchinson

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

With the prayer “Together we pray” you are invited to respond
COME, LORD JESUS

1. In this season of hope and anticipation, we pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation.

A brief moment of silence and reflection

2. We pray this morning for your faithful flock throughout the world. We pray for our partner Anglican Church of Canada, for our neighboring faith communities, and for the congregations of the BC Synod: In particular we pray for Grace Lutheran church in Burnaby and their pastor, Nathan Fong; and Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Smithers and the leaders and pastors offering ministry there. Shape this community into a place of welcome and support for all people.
Together we pray:
COME, LORD JESUS.

3. Renew in us our love of you and your church. By the outpouring of your Spirit lead us to wisdom, understanding and faithfulness in you.
Together we pray:
COME, LORD JESUS.

4. Send your life-giving Spirit to those who hold power and authority among the nations. Lead them to tend to those who are poor and weak with your righteousness, mercy and justice.
Together we pray:
COME, LORD JESUS.

5. By your word and your people encourage and give heart to those who are losing hope in the face of depression, loneliness, pain, disease and grief; we pray especially for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart at this time….

Give to all who are in need faith in your promises, and sustain them with our care during this coming
week.
Together we pray:
COME, LORD JESUS.

6. God, you are the giver of all good things:
– in this Advent season we thank you for the invitation to repent and daily to begin life anew;
– we thank you for those who have known the gift of another birthday, another anniversary, or the gift
of new life;
– finally, we thank you for those special blessings we name at this time….
Together we pray:
COME, LORD JESUS

7. Establish harmony in all creation that all living things may live according to your loving and generous purpose. Fill the earth with your goodness and glory.
Together we pray:
COME, LORD JESUS.

8. You have gathered the saints into your holy and eternal presence. Make us steadfast in the faith until we are made one with them and in your new creation.
Together we pray:
COME, LORD JESUS.

9. Almighty God, we entrust to you all for whom we pray confident that you fulfill your promises through Christ our Savior and Lord. AMEN

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