Prayer of the people | December 21

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call the community into a time of prayer.

This season of arrival is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation and of longing.  We yearn for deliverance from the burdens of the world, looking forward to Messiah, who will bring the peace and justice and righteousness longed for by all.   Lord in your mercy…

Hear our prayer.

We pray for those gathered this evening throughout the world who celebrate the arrival of Messiah.    While separated by space, may the coming of the King restore anew, bringing a sense of unity to the greater body.   Lord in your mercy…

Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who make up our immediate community of saint benedict’s table; for those who lead, challenge and further our thinking; for those who offer a means of reflection, worship and praise;  and for all who recognize your coming, may the notion of anticipation that advent brings remain focal to us now and throughout the year.   Lord in your mercy…

Hear our prayer.

We pray for Lola and Roger in Uganda, for the Sisters of the Church in Burlington and for Agape Table.  May the love and joy that they pour out daily engulf and consume in a way that cannot be understood by this world. Lord in your mercy…

Hear our prayer.

We pray for the needs of the world, and particularly those places torn by war and violence.  May the peace longed for by so many, one day be known to all. Lord in your mercy…

Hear our prayer.

We pray for this city and all those who live here.  During this advent season, may the abundant goodness ushered into this world through the cries of a baby be readily known to all. Lord in your mercy…

Hear our prayer.

We pray for the needs of those known to us; for those who are sick or suffering, alone or isolated or who have other needs and challenges.  I invite you now to pray aloud the names of those known to you…
For those named, thought of and forgotten, Lord in your mercy…

Hear our prayer.

May the joy of this season make us mindful of your will always Lord, trusting fully in you even when we don’t understand.  May we seek to serve with humility, magnifying you now and throughout the year.

Amen.

Written by Brett Schmall for worship at
saint benedict’s table on December 21, 2008.

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