Prayers for the Fourth 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]

We pray for your world and the people who inhabit it.  So that reconciliation and peace may be seen among us, stir up your power and come.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray for the poor who are blamed for being poor, the jobless who are blamed for being unemployed, and the foreigner who is unwelcome in our community.  So that we may work toward a more just society, stir up your power and come.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray for political leaders and elected officials.  So that they may remember their duty toward the weak, and we would embrace our responsibility to remind them, stir up your power and come.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray for the Church and the mission to which you call us.  So that forgiveness may be our way of being together, and that we may live your Good News every day, stir up your power and come.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick and those who care for them, the neglected and those who reach out to them, and the excluded and those who advocate for them.  So that we may be part of raising up the lowly, stir up your power and come.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray for this congregation as we move toward a new year and new opportunities.  So that we may be willing participants in the reign of God in [your community], stir up your power and come.  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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