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Spirit poem

Pentecost
Holy Spirit
Power
Gifts
Abilities
Strength
Sent
Outreach
Ministry
Service
Calling
Justice
Faith
God
You
Me
Us
Partners
Together

Disciples? Students?
No more!
Apostles Now
Sent Ones
Empowered Proclaimers
Living Examples
Love Carriers
Hope Deliverers
Solidarity Enactors
Blessing Distributors
Community Organizers

For the sake of the Stranger
For the sake of this Community
For the sake of God in this world
Go!

None of us knows exactly where we’ll end up
Nevertheless
Go!

Blow, Spirit, Blow!

This Pentecost

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Prayers of the People for Advent 1, 2013

Walking in the hope of the coming Saviour, we pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and for all who wait for God’s justice, saying, Christ Jesus our Lord, and responding, Stir up your power and come.

[Brief pause]

God who is coming, prepare us for the gift of yourself which you have promised.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

God who is coming, open our eyes to see you, our ears to hear you, our hearts to welcome you.  But even more, open our mouths to proclaim you and our hands to share you.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

God who is coming, we thank you for the love which you show for all of creation.  Inspire us by your generosity.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

God who is coming, guide your church into faithful anticipation, that we may live today what you will be bringing tomorrow: forgiveness, reconciliation and peace.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

God who is coming, you are not far from any of us.  Use us to share your healing presence with all who are sick, addicted, poor, unemployed or isolated, especially those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

God who is coming, prepare us for the gift of yourself which you have promised.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

We ask all these things of you, loving God, who provides more than we can comprehend, and promises more than we can imagine, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayers for the Third Sunday of Advent

Filled with expectation and longing, we pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, Lord, in your mercy, and responding, Hear our prayer.

[Brief pause]

God of hope, in the midst of a world which seems bent on self-destruction, come to us and remind us who you are, and who we are.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope, as we once again have to face the ugly reality of gun-wielding young men, grieving parents and dead children, come to us and remind us who you are, and who we are.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope, in the midst of a society frantically running from one distraction to another, come to us and remind us who you are, and who we are.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope, when we are overcome with anxiety, and find it impossible to trust your promises, come to us and remind us who you are, and who we are.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope, when your church forgets that we are part of your mission to love the world, just as we have been loved by you, come to us and remind us who you are, and who we are.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope, when we are confronted with illness, job loss, broken relationships, hunger, war and death, come to us and remind us who you are, and who we are.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope, when you present opportunities for ministry which are new and unfamiliar, come to us and remind us who you are, and who we are.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Hear the prayers of your people, O God, and in your mercy grant us what we need through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayers for the Second Sunday of Advent

Filled with expectation and longing, we pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, Lord, in your mercy, and responding, Hear our prayer.

[Brief pause]

God who comes, your coming challenges the status quo, challenges our power structures, challenges our desire for control. Set us free from all that keep us from responding to our neighbour with love. Stir up our hearts. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes, your coming shatters our expectations, and gives us a glimpse of something new. Help us through the painful process of letting go of what was, so we can embrace what is springing up. Stir up our hearts. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes, your coming shows our stereotypes for the lies they are. Open us to the stranger, the foreigner, the refugee and the Other, so we may receive what they have to offer us. Stir up our hearts. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes, your coming still manages to surprise us. Enable us to accept joyfully whatever you have in store for us, so we may share your joy with your hurting world. Stir up our hearts. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes, your coming brings tender healing and active peace. Use us to give the shut-in, the shut-out and the sick a sense of your presence. We offer our prayers especially for those who rest uneasily in our hearts.
[Long pause]
Stir up our hearts. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes, your coming brings both chaos and stability, anxiety and peace. Increase our faith, unlock our compassion, release us to celebrate the approach of your new creation. Stir up our hearts. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Hear the prayers of your people, O God, and in your mercy grant us what we need through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.