Prayers of the People for Advent 3, 2016

We are invited to bring our world and our lives to God in prayer, believing that we will not only be heard, but strengthened for ministry.  Trusting this promise, let us pray.

[Short pause]

God of the disappointed, so much of life doesn’t turn out the way we think it should.  Give us patience in difficult times.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God of the disappointed, relationships turn sour, expectations are not met, situations move in uncomfortable directions.  Remind us that you walk with us.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God of the disappointed, it is difficult to admit, but we disappoint ourselves.  We don’t behave as we wish; we don’t treat others as we want to be treated.  Make us more loving.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God of the disappointed, today we admit that we have been disappointed in you as well.  You have not live up to our expectations.  Forgive our presumption.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God of the disappointed, guide your church into ways of looking that can see what you are doing, into ways of listening that can hear what you are saying, into ways of responding which can join what you are making happen in our day.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God of the disappointed, you send us to the lonely, the poor, the sick, and all those whose desires for life have been unfulfilled.  May we bring healing and hope to [NAMES, AND] all those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, liberating God, in the name of Jesus, our liberating Saviour.
Amen.

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