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.

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