November 29, 2015 – First 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, Hear us, O God, you are invited to respond: your mercy is great.

Come to our church, redeeming God, your grace and peace raining down upon us like winter storms. Grant your people wisdom and meaning as they live their days. Stand with all faithful people who are persecuted.

Hear us, O God:  your mercy is great.

Come to our earth, creating God.  Join us with you in protecting our lands from environmental disasters. Nurture animals and plans, insects and bacteria, that you have made in the great variety of living things.

Hear us, O God:  your mercy is great.

Come to all nations of the world, peace-loving God. Inspire all leaders to work for justice. Bring sense and sensibility to the conflicts with radical terrorists who twist the religious beliefs of good-hearted faiths. Bring understanding across faith communities.

Hear us, O God:  your mercy is great.

Come to those in need, Compassionate One. Comfort those who tremble in fear and failings, those whose pain seems unceasing. In this season of darkness and waiting, move us to sit with those who need comfort. We pray especially for those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts. (include those in the bulletin)

Hear us, O God:  your mercy is great.

Come to our life as a congregation and as a community, that love for one another might grow and blossom. In this and every season, let us claim compassion as the mark of our faith and faithfulness. Keep us from selfish excess and walk humbly with you, our God.

Hear us, O God:  your mercy is great.

Come to our growing partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada and to the congregations of the BC Synod, especially Peace Lutheran in Abbotsford and Pastor Christoph Reiners and Emmaus Lutheran in Burnaby and Pastor Timo Saarinen.

Hear us, O God:  your mercy is great.

Alpha and Omega, you are God throughout all ages, with all faithful people yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Strengthen us in holiness as we stand among those who know and love you.

Hear us, O God:  your mercy is great.

Emmanuel, you are holy, you are whole, you are always ever more than we imagine. In your bountiful goodness, we pray, AMEN.

 

 

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