Prayers of the people | December 13

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e gather before you tonight, heavenly Father, to hear your word and to gather around your holy table. We ask that you would be gracious to us and restore us to fullness of life with you. May mercy and truth be our guide this night and throughout this Advent season, and may your peace be a pathway for our feet.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray tonight for the world. We commend this world which you will one day soon judge to your mercy and protection. It is hard to believe that this world is a world that is loved by your costly and cruciform love. We pray in particular for parts and peoples of our world that cry out for your rule to come. We remember Somalia, the tribal violence that erupted last week in the southern Philippines, the victims of the latest bomb blasts in Iraq and Darfur.
Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.

We give you thanks tonight for the proclamation of John the Baptist. John’s cranky voice unsettled the crowds who came out to be baptized by him, and it unsettles us tonight. For we too are a people deserving of your wrath and judgement; indeed, we are people who need to bear fruits worthy of repentance. Make us this Advent season into women and men who bear those fruits. Should we have two coats, teach us to share one of our coats with those in need. Should we have food, may we do likewise. Should we work for the government of the day, may we do our work in a just and humane manner. Oh Lord, may we hear this Advent season the voice of the Baptist who prepares the way for your coming. May there be room in our hearts and minds for obedience to his message.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray this evening for the Anglican Church of Canada, its leadership and all those who seek to serve you within it. We pray also for the Diocese of Rupert’s Land, for our Bishop Don and for all those in authority. And we pray for the mission of saint benedict’s table. May you give much wisdom to us as we plot the way forward. We give you thanks for how much the congregation has grown over the past five years. And we pray that our future would be one that is good. May it be rooted in calling up you and in the hearing and doing of your Word. In particular, we pray for our priest Jamie, that his leadership as well as that of the Kitchen Table would be anchored in prayer and in disciplined meditation upon Holy Scripture.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those in need. In particular we remember the work of Agape Table during these cold and short days. We pray that it would indeed be a ministry that honours your call to care for orphan and widow in their distress, and that it would be a blessing to many. We pray moreover for those who may have enough food but whose hearts this Advent season are breaking. We commend them to your care and mercy. Almighty God, in your tender mercy we pray that you would bind up the broken-hearted, restore the sick and provide for the hungry.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We give you thanks oh God that you are a God who delights in doing infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. This is a wonderful thing, something too wonderful for us to comprehend. As we wait patiently for the coming of your Son that will once and for all make things right, we recall the prophet Zephaniah’s words. Namely, that judgement is but for a time, that one day your universal rule will dawn, that the promises made to your people Israel will be fulfilled for all people in Jesus Christ. In Christ, heavenly Father, you remove disaster, judge oppressors of your people, save the lame and gather the outcast. And in him you not only restore the fortunes of your covenant people but also restore the fortunes of Gentiles like us who now share in the blessings of covenant with you. And so, merciful God, grant us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and pour into our hearts this night such love toward you that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises which exceed all that we can desire.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Amen.

Written by Christopher Holmes, to be offered in worship on the 3rd Sunday in Advent, December 13, 2009.

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