December 2, 2018 – First Sunday of Advent

The following prayers have been adapted for congregational use by Rebecca Garber

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We invite you to include the Anglican and the Roman Catholic Bishops of your region in your prayers.

Anglican Bishops:

  • Bishop Logan McMenamie, Diocese of British Columbia
  • Bishop Melissa Skelton, Diocese of New Westminster
  • Bishop David Lehmann, Diocese of Caledonia
  • Bishop David Lehmann, Diocese of Kootenay
  • Bishop Barbara Andrews, Diocese of The Territory of the People

Roman Catholic Bishops:

  • Archdiocese of Vancouver – Archbishop Michael Miller
  • Diocese of Kamloops – Bishop Joseph Nguyen
  • Diocese of Nelson – Bishop Robert Bourgon
  • Diocese of Prince George – Bishop Stephen Jensen
  • Diocese of Victoria – Bishop Gary Gordon

Prayers for December 2, 2018 – First Sunday of Advent (Year C)

With the words “As we huddle in the cold and dark, basking in the mystery of hope,” you are invited to respond:  Come to us, Light of the World.

Joined with believers everywhere honouring the mystery of one young woman, her faithful man, and the wee child in her womb, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all who yearn for wholeness and spiritual wealth.

A moment of silence

Praise be to the midwife of all beginnings who imagined the lights of the heaven, the textures of our earth, the power of wind and rain. She was there at the moment of our birth and accompanies us in the power, the joys, and the sorrows of life in the glorious bodies that are our birthright.

As we huddle in the cold and dark, basking in the mystery of hope.  Come to us, Light of the World.

 Praise be to you, God of all things—the large, the tiny, the shared glances day by day that mark our shared humanity. Grow peace within us, that we easily revel in the good times and learn to lean into the bad ones—all the while listening for your love and the wisdom you offer then and always.

As we huddle in the cold and dark, basking in the mystery of hope.  Come to us, Light of the World.

 Praise be for the farmers, forest rangers, gardeners, and all manner of care-takers who participate in the perpetual rejuvenation of life on earth. For what we know of you, we know through the earth—and its insistence on producing life in abundance, diversity, and humour.

As we huddle in the cold and dark, basking in the mystery of hope.  Come to us, Light of the World.

Blessed be the leaders of our faith in this plugged in and yet tuned out time. Continue to connect us face to face, faith to faith, with our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada, Bishop (name bishop in your region), the Roman Catholic churches and Bishop (name bishop in your area) and our own Bishop Greg.  Today we add a special prayer for our own pastor ________. We offer prayers for the churches of our synod, especially Peace Lutheran in Abbotsford and Pastor Denise Doerksen and Emmaus Lutheran in Burnaby and Pastor Timo Saarinen.

As we huddle in the cold and dark, basking in the mystery of hope.  Come to us, Light of the World.

 Blessed be you, who stands by our side and looks into our eyes in times of trouble. We pray especially for those we  name aloud or quietly in our heart….

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

Blessed be your people doing your work in the world, inside our congregations and within our communities. Listen to all the involvements members have with food banks, literacy programs, refugee outreach, thrift stores, and so much more—and celebrate our participation in reaching out and touching a world of want and need.

As we huddle in the cold and dark, basking in the mystery of hope.  Come to us, Light of the World.

Blessed be our faith, God, and know that it is often difficult. In the dark times, we grieve and doubt, lose our footing. We turn toward you in prayer and find no words. We seek your presence and find ourselves feeling all alone. Bless us as we live our earthly pilgrimage, with all its fears and failings, fullness and fellowship.

As we huddle in the cold and dark, basking in the mystery of hope.  Come to us, Light of the World.

 You are blessed among us in all times and places, in the good times and the hard times. We swaddle our prayers in the warmth and safety of the Christ.  AMEN.

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