Monthly Archives: December 2013

Prayers of the People for Christmas 2013

Walking in the light of the Saviour, let us pray to God for the needs of the world, the ministry of the Church, and for all people everywhere, saying, “Christ Jesus, by your coming,” and responding, “Set us free for ministry.”

[Short pause]

God of life, God of new life, by the birth of Jesus you have brought light into our darkness.  Shine in our lives.  Christ Jesus, by your coming,
Set us free for ministry.

God of life, God of new life, nothing will ever separate us from your love.  Give us faith to trust your promise.  Christ Jesus, by your coming,
Set us free for ministry.

God of life, God of new life, you call us to serve the hungry, the poor, the lonely and the outcast.  Show us how we can respond.  Christ Jesus, by your coming,
Set us free for ministry.

God of life, God of new life, Jesus was born into poverty and lived under oppression.  Open our eyes to injustice, and inspire us to proclaim your reign.  Christ Jesus, by your coming,
Set us free for ministry.

God of life, God of new life, by the birth of Jesus, bring your healing to those in need, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Christ Jesus, by your coming,
Set us free for ministry.

God of life, God of new life, inspire this congregation to reach out beyond our walls, beyond our fears, beyond our past.  Help us to welcome your future.  Christ Jesus, by your coming,
Set us free for ministry.

God of life, God of new life, by the birth of Jesus you have brought light into our darkness.  Shine in our lives.  Christ Jesus, by your coming,
Set us free for ministry.

We pray in the name of Jesus, our light, our life, and our hope.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the fourth Sunday of Advent 2013

Walking in the hope of the coming Saviour, we pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and for all who wait for God’s justice, saying, Christ Jesus our Lord, and responding, Stir up your power and come.

[Short pause]

Speak to us, loving God.  Speak your Word.  Break through our stubbornness, our selfishness, our fear, and help us listen.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

Speak to us, loving God.  Speak your acceptance.  Strengthen us to break down the barriers we construct.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

Speak to us, loving God.  Speak your justice.  Soften our hearts, and open us to “The Other.”  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

Speak to us, loving God.  Speak your coming.  Remake us into a faithful reflection of the one who came, and who continues to come.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

Speak to us, loving God.  Speak your healing desire for all of creation.  Hear our prayers for all those who need healing.
[Long pause]
Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

Speak to us, loving God.  And then, when we have heard, speak through us to the world you love.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

We ask all these things of you, loving God, who provides more than we can comprehend, and promises more than we can imagine, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Third Sunday of Advent 2013

Walking in the hope of the coming Saviour, we pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and for all who wait for God’s justice, saying, Christ Jesus our Lord, and responding, Stir up your power and come.

[Short pause]

Welcoming God, your arms are open to all.  Assist us to extend that same welcome to the people around us.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

Liberating God, you call all people to an authentic humanity.  Assist us to see the barriers we construct, and help us remove them.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

Reconciling God, you make enemies into friends.  Assist us to look beyond our fear, and see the potential for life-giving relationships.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

Waiting God, you are amazingly patient with us.  Assist us to be patient with each other, and with ourselves.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

Healing God, you come in the middle of our brokenness.  Assist us to touch the sick, isolated, depressed and lonely people of our community.  We especially pray for those who we name before you.
[Long pause]
Remind us that our illness does not define us.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

Sending God, you call us out of this place.  Assist us to be your people wherever we go, trusting the promise that you are with us wherever we go.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

We ask all these things of you, loving God, who provides more than we can comprehend, and promises more than we can imagine, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Advent 2, 2013

Walking in the hope of the coming Saviour, we pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and for all who wait for God’s justice, saying, Christ Jesus our Lord, and responding, Stir up your power and come.

[Brief pause]

God who is coming, you have promised to bring life from our death, hope from our fear, shoots from our stumps.  Give us vision to see what you are doing around us.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

God who is coming, we are surrounded by flashing lights, tinsel, commercials and noise.  Help us enter the quiet parts of life, and open our ears to what you are saying.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

God who is coming, we find it easy to accept the status quo, and to look for simple answers.  We find it harder to trust your promise, especially when you challenge our assumptions.  Give us the courage to swim upstream.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

God who is coming, reveal yourself in the middle of our illness, our loneliness, our anxiety.  Then use us to touch those in need of any healing, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

God who is coming, guide this congregation through the challenges we are facing.  Help us to be honestly hopeful, and committed to loving.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

God who is coming, be with us as we walk through this time of expectant waiting and eager watching.  Give us the patience to pause, and the faith to act.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

We ask all these things of you, loving God, who provides more than we can comprehend, and promises more than we can imagine, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.