Prayers of the People for Christmas Eve, 2016

The congregation sings the response, which is verse 1 of “Come Now, O Prince of Peace,” a song from Korea (found in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymn # 247).

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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]

Emmanuel, God with us, we offer our thanks for the gift of your presence.  Open our eyes to see.  We lift up our prayer,
Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.

Emmanuel, God with us, you come to specific people in specific places in specific times.  Show yourself to us in this people, in this place, in this time.  We lift up our prayer,
Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.

Emmanuel, God with us, your coming shines light into our darkness.  May we embrace the realities which surround us, no matter how dark, no matter how uncomfortable.  We lift up our prayer,
Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.

Emmanuel, God with us, we still have to contend with Caesar.  Enable us to live your love in all of our realities.  We lift up our prayer,
Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.

Emmanuel, God with us, use us to touch those in need of comfort, in need of hope, in need to necessities, in need of healing, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
We lift up our prayer,
Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.

Emmanuel, God with us, guide your church in ways of faithful service, that all whom we encounter might catch a glimpse of your loving presence.  We lift up our prayer,
Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.

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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