Third Sunday in Advent (December 16, 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.     We pray for your church that it would indeed rejoice in the Lord always.  We pray for our full communion partners; for our companion synods in this nation and around the globe; for congregations in our neighborhood, for this assembly, and for our sister congregations in the BC Synod:  in particular we pray for Chetwynd Shared Ministry in Chetwynd and their pastor, Marlene Peck; and Christ Lutheran Church in Chilliwack and their pastor, Dean Andersen.  In this busy Advent Seasons sustain and encourage our pastor, our Bishop and their families as together we pray, hear your Word, and sing our hymns of praise.

           Spirit of God:

           HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 

3.     We pray for all nations, that war, disaster and animosity cease; and for countries recovering from famines, floods or earthquakes, and for people whose human rights have been cruelly violated.

           Spirit of God:

           HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 

4.     We pray for those whose hands, hearts or minds have grown weak; we pray for the outcastes of society, for those weighed down with shame or regrets; for the dying and the sick especially those at this time we name aloud or quietly,

 

In this coming week help us to see opportunities to give the ministry of hope to those we meet.

          Spirit of God

          HEAR OUR PRAYER.

5.     Loving God, continue to bless us with this Advent Season.  We thank you for those who are celebrating special events during this season.

          we thank you for those who have the gift of another birthday or another anniversary

           we thank you for those in our life who have pointed us away from themselves to the Christ.

          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.

 

6.     We pray for the earth, that it be renewed with love and care; for old growth forests and polar ice caps; for lakes and rivers and for this place we call home.

           Spirit of God:

           HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 

7.     We remember those who have died and now rejoice in your glory.  Give us voices to sing your praise in every time and place.

           Spirit of God:

           HEAR OUR PRAYER.

 

8.     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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