December 9, 2018 – Second 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 9, 2018 – First Sunday of Advent 

With the words “Let us live fully, that we never die an unlived life,” you are invited to respond: Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

Together with people of faith in all times and all places, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all who yearn for wholeness and spiritual wealth.

A moment of silence

What if we take God seriously? The God who says you are whole; you are healed; you are precious and loved beyond measure. What if we head out each day with that leading us, taking us out and about, bringing us home for dinner and rest.

“Let us live fully, that we never die an unlived life.”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

What if the mountains and seas, rivers and dry lands, sunlight and rain are daily blessings that simply wait for us to notice and absorb their power? May we never take this globe of wonder for granted, and may we work with it and for it that it remains healthy for generations to come.

“Let us live fully, that we never die an unlived life.”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

What if, through our love and by our example, more and more people experience the purity of heart within the shelter of our life-giving God? Make each day an adventure in encountering others with compassion and simple moments of connection, face to face. Like infants searching for the face of the mother, we all seek our whole lives long to see and be seen as valuable.

“Let us live fully, that we never die an unlived life.”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

What if we build more and stronger connections with people of faith, that together we spread the Gospel? 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. We offer prayers for the churches of our synod, especially Grace in Burnaby and Pastor Nathan Fong and Mount Zion in Smithers.

“Let us live fully, that we never die an unlived life.”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

What if we reach out instead of look away to those who are hurting, in mind, body, spirit, and life choices? Give us the power to be there, the courage to be there, and the quietness to quell our desires to do something when being there is often enough. We pray for those we name aloud or in our hearts.

(include those listed in the bulletin for prayers)

“Let us live fully, that we never die an unlived life.”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

What if the real fear of our lives is not our powerlessness, but that we have power beyond our wildest dreams? Teach us to trust our inner wisdom, our strength, our knowledge of the right thing to do when everything seems to be going wrong.

“Let us live fully, that we never die an unlived life.”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

What if our unique set of skills and strengths, our penchants and personalities, are just what the world needs right now? Take heart and take action, knowing that you are God’s and God chooses you to be who and what you are to your family, friends, community, and world.

“Let us live fully, that we never die an unlived life.”  Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

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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