Prayers for the Third 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 of hope, in the midst of a world which seems bent on self-destruction, come to us and remind us who you are, and who we are.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope, as we once again have to face the ugly reality of gun-wielding young men, grieving parents and dead children, come to us and remind us who you are, and who we are.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope, in the midst of a society frantically running from one distraction to another, come to us and remind us who you are, and who we are.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope, when we are overcome with anxiety, and find it impossible to trust your promises, come to us and remind us who you are, and who we are.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope, when your church forgets that we are part of your mission to love the world, just as we have been loved by you, come to us and remind us who you are, and who we are.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope, when we are confronted with illness, job loss, broken relationships, hunger, war and death, come to us and remind us who you are, and who we are.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope, when you present opportunities for ministry which are new and unfamiliar, come to us and remind us who you are, and who we are.  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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