December 6, 2015 – Second Sunday of Advent

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

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Emmanuel has come, Emmanuel is here, Emmanuel is coming soon. Let us join hands in prayer for the church, the earth, and those in need, that all receive what God promises to give.

a brief silence

With the words, God of anticipation, you are invited to respond: hear our prayer.

Come with the unity that encompasses and celebrates differences while joining us together in the human journey that is ours. Purify us and prepare us to be a force of courage, renewal, and replenishment in a winter world.

God of anticipation:  hear our prayer

Come again and again, in new ways and old, that we may meet and walk with you on this planet you have made. Nurture health in our lands and seas, lakes and rivers, that plants and animals may flourish and delight us.

God of anticipation:  hear our prayer

Come to all nations of the world, infecting heads of state and regional leaders with a passion for fairness and peace that will not be stilled by the challenges of hatred and lack of understanding. We pray especially for (name special areas of concern).

God of anticipation:  hear our prayer

Come with tender hands and open heart to everyone in need. Heal the sick and speak to their loneliness. Answer the cries of those who are poor and without proper housing, and those who have fled from violence or famine. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts. (include those in the bulletin)

God of anticipation:  hear our prayer

Come to our congregation as  we prepare again–and as if for the first time–for your Advent into our midst as weak, poor, and outcast. Let. us prepare a place and take you in to our lives that we may become your presence to those we love and those we encounter.

God of anticipation:  hear our prayer

Come to our growing partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada and to the congregations of the BC Synod, especially Grace Lutheran in Burnaby and Pastor Nathan Fong and Mount Zion in Smithers.

God of anticipation:  hear our prayer

Come into our minds as we remember all the faithful ones past, present, and future. We pray  especially for Nicholas, Bishop of Myra. Bring us with them to know your eternity in every moment.

God of anticipation:  hear our prayer

In you, we pray with the Light that has come, the Light that is, and the Light that is to come.  AMEN.

 

 

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