December 11, 2016 – Third 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 Bishop of your region in your prayers.

  • Bishop Logan McMenamie, Diocese of British Columbia
  • Bishop Melissa Skelton, Diocese of New Westminster
  • Bishop William Anderson, Diocese of Caledonia
  • Bishop John Privett, Diocese of Kootenay
  • Bishop Barbara Andrews, Diocese of The Territory of the People

With the words, We wait with patience and hope you are invited to respond Come, Lord Jesus.

Knowing you as God our Father, God our Mother, River of Mercy, and Source of Life, we pray for your church, your world, and those in need.

a brief silence

Bless Bishop Greg and the congregations of our synod. Today we pray especially for Chetwynd Shared Ministry in Chetwynd and Christ Lutheran in Chilliwack and Pastor Dean Andersen.  Enlighten the work of our partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada and bless Bishop _________________of the diocese of __________________ .

We wait with patience and hope

Come, Lord Jesus.

Make us dangerous people: people brave enough to change and grow–to be radically alive for you. May we heal wounds, pray deeply, teach wisely, and work to tear down injustice. May we overflow with your goodness: cherishing the young and the old, weeping with those who weep.

We wait with patience and hope

Come, Lord Jesus.

Hold me, hold me until there is no time but your time. Where I have felt terror and hurt, hold me until stillness comes and I know what it is to want nothing but the fullness of holy dance of the Trinity.

We wait with patience and hope

Come, Lord Jesus.

Guide the efforts of our government, military, and international relief workers. Bless those who care for the stranger, widow, widower, orphan, elderly people, and the sick and weary. We pray especially for those who have requested your care and strength (name those on the prayer list)

We wait with patience and hope

Come, Lord Jesus.

Bless all who call this place home, for those visiting from near and far, and for all the loving preparations for the holiday season, with Christ at its centre.

We wait with patience and hope

Come, Lord Jesus.

Thank you for those who have gone before us into the eternity of God. May they point the way of faith and truth through our memories of them. We mark Lucy, martyr in 304 for devoting her life to God (known as Lucia in Sweden and Norway) and John of the Cross, renewer of the church.

We wait with patience and hope

Come, Lord Jesus.

Sometimes we are afraid and even fear the future. But the future is in the hands of the One for whom nothing is impossible. In the name of the Christ come–and coming.

Amen

 

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