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.

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