Prayers for the Second Sunday of Advent

Filled with expectation and longing, we pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, Lord, in your mercy, and responding, Hear our prayer.

[Brief pause]

God who comes, your coming challenges the status quo, challenges our power structures, challenges our desire for control. Set us free from all that keep us from responding to our neighbour with love. Stir up our hearts. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes, your coming shatters our expectations, and gives us a glimpse of something new. Help us through the painful process of letting go of what was, so we can embrace what is springing up. Stir up our hearts. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes, your coming shows our stereotypes for the lies they are. Open us to the stranger, the foreigner, the refugee and the Other, so we may receive what they have to offer us. Stir up our hearts. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes, your coming still manages to surprise us. Enable us to accept joyfully whatever you have in store for us, so we may share your joy with your hurting world. Stir up our hearts. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes, your coming brings tender healing and active peace. Use us to give the shut-in, the shut-out and the sick a sense of your presence. We offer our prayers especially for those who rest uneasily in our hearts.
[Long pause]
Stir up our hearts. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes, your coming brings both chaos and stability, anxiety and peace. Increase our faith, unlock our compassion, release us to celebrate the approach of your new creation. Stir up our hearts. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Hear the prayers of your people, O God, and in your mercy grant us what we need through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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