Monthly Archives: December 2014

Prayers for the First Sunday After Christmas, 2014

Trusting that God’s reign has begun, and desiring to take part in it, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God of Mary and Joseph and all the poor, you come to people who are seen as unimportant, who are blamed for their situation in life, who are easy ignore.  Free us from our blindness.  Help us see you in others.  God who has come.
Hear our prayer.

God of Simeon and all who trust your promise, through all ages you are faithful to your people.  Free us from impatience.  Help us grow in faith.  God who has come.
Hear our prayer.

God of Anna and all the elderly, you walk with us through all of life.  Free us from our society’s obsession with worshiping youth.  Enable us to see the value of all people.  God who has come.
Hear our prayer.

God of the church, you come in the middle of our real lives, our real families, our real communities.  Free us from our fantasies.  Strengthen us to embrace the actual ministry to which you call us.  God who has come.
Hear our prayer.

God of the sick, the shut-in and the forgotten, you go with us into the dark parts of life.  Free us to do the same with the people around us.  Use us to reach out to those for whom we pray (ESPECIALLY NAMES).
[Long pause]
God who has come.
Hear our prayer.

God of all, you are always more than we had imagined, always bigger that we had hoped, always more in touch than we had dreamed.  Free us from our limited expectations.  Inspire us to join Simeon’s song and Anna’s dance.  God who has come.
Hear our prayer.

We pray in confidence, in the name of the one who came, who comes, and who is coming, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Christmas, 2014

As we celebrate the coming of the Christ, we offer our prayers of thanksgiving and concern, trusting the promise that we will be heard.

[Short pause]

God of the small, we give you thanks for coming in the little areas of life, where people feel helpless and powerless. Remind us all of your presence. God who comes,
Hear our prayer.

God of the hidden, your Spirit continues to blow in backwaters and through forgotten corners of this world. Open our eyes to see and our ears to hear. God who comes,
Hear our prayer.

God of the forgotten, we offer our prayers for those whose lives do not make the headlines, through whom you are announcing Good News in our day. We remember native peoples working for mining justice, those who are trying to help child soldiers recover their childhood, and people who are assisting refugees to maintain their identity. God who comes,
Hear our prayer.

God of justice, through Jesus’ birth you announce your care and compassion in a world obsessed with power and control. Strengthen our faith, so that we may be among those who announce Good News to those oppressed by today’s Caesars. God who comes,
Hear our prayer.

God of light, the darkness which surrounds us can seem overwhelming. Use us to touch those who mourn, those who are sick, those who have lost hope, and all those in need whom we name before you now [ESPECIALLY NAMES].
[Long pause]
God who comes,
Hear our prayer.

God of Christmas, you do come – in the small, in the hidden, in the forgotten, in the darkness. Fill us with the righteousness of Joseph, the willingness of Mary, the song of the angels and the joy of the shepherds. God who comes,
Hear our prayer.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the silent desires of our hearts, to you loving God, in the name of the one who came, who comes, and who will come, Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, 2014

Trusting the coming of God’s reign, and believing that we are a part of it, we offer our prayers for the world, the church, and all in need.

[Short pause]

God who comes, open our eyes to your presence among us, and show us how to share what we see.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

God who speaks in the quiet and the small, open our ears to hear what you are saying through the poor, the outcast, the stranger.  Help us to listen for your voice.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

God who overthrows the powerful and raises up the powerless, fill our hearts with compassion for those who don’t count.  Give us the courage to join them in working for a more just world.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

God who calls us to serve, open us to face what happens in this world in the name of security, in the name of priviledge, in the name of control.  Fill us with the Spirit of your outrage at injustice, and send us out to live your life-giving priorities.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

God who restores, you come not to punish, but to heal.  Enable us to embrace those around us who need our care, who need our presence, who need our prayers, especially all those whom we name before you [INCLUDING NAMES].
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

God who comes, make us aware of your coming today.  Open us to the possibilities which your promise creates.   Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

We offer these prayers, as well as the silent yearnings of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Third Sunday of Advent, 2014

Trusting the coming of God’s reign, and believing that we are a part of it, we offer our prayers for the world, the church, and all in need.

[Short pause]

Hidden, revealing God, we long to hear you, yet we are afraid to find you.  Free us from our fear.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

Hidden, revealing God, you come to us, yet all too often we do not recognize you.  Open our hearts to faith.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

Hidden, revealing God, we wait for your coming, yet we frequently are looking for the wrong things in the wrong places.  Help us let go of our preconceptions.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

Hidden, revealing God, our world needs what you have given us, yet we are reluctant to share.  Give us the gift of generosity.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

Hidden, revealing God, you come in weakness, to embrace us in our weakness.  Enable us to trust your presence in our hospitals and long-term care facilities, in our broken homes and broken hearts, in our ghettos and refugee camps, and with all those for whom we pray [INCLUDING NAMES].
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

Hidden, revealing God, you do come.  You are present.  You do embrace.  Open us to your love.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

We offer these prayers, as well as the silent yearnings of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Second Sunday of Advent, 2014

Trusting the coming of God’s reign, and believing that we are a part of it, we offer our prayers for the world, the church, and all in need.

[Short pause]

Public, political God, you come not only in the quiet of our private thoughts; you come into the public realm, and call us to join you.  Help us to follow where you lead.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

Public, political God, you speak to our world through the cries of the poor, the silence of the hungry, the screams of the angry.  Join our voices to the chorus, singing your new world into existence.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

Public, political God, it is risky to stand up, to speak out, to be engaged in the struggle for justice.  We want to be safe; we want to be secure.  Free us from our hesitation, and give us courage.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

Public, political God, we offer thanks for those who are already doing your justice work, in places like The Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Ferguson, New York, and Canada.  Show us how we can join them.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

Public, political God, you come into our real lives.  Help us trust your presence in our illnesses, in our broken relationships, in our broken promises.  Send us as your healing hands to [NAMES, AS WELL AS] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

Public, political God, we are your people in this public, political time, in this public, political place.  Strengthen our faith to live out this incredible gift.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

We offer these prayers, as well as the silent yearnings of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.