Prayers of the people | December 6

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od our creator, here we are, your children. We come before you eagerly, unreservedly and expectantly. In the silence of our being Lord we invite you into our heart, soul, mind and strength that we may love you purely and honestly. May we have the conscious knowledge that we live under your divine protection, are nurtured by your divine provision and are only a prayer away from your divine empowerment. God our creator – empower your people.
Lord in your mercy…

As the season of preparation continues, we give thanks for the holy men we have known and for those who still walk amongst us. Especially at this time we give thanks for St. Nicolas. May we, like him, live to give of what we have and what we are.
Lord in your mercy…

Lord you call us, your disciples, to live in a sense of anticipation, actively on the job, working hard to bring about the consummation of your purposes and living consistent lives so that we will not be ashamed at your coming. We praise and thank you for the lives of our bishop’s, priest, deacon and the sisters of the church. Recollecting their exemplary lives of devotion to you, we pray to live likewise.
Lord in your mercy…

Lord we pray that our external behaviour may match our internal change. Keep us from our old sinful patterns, from cold and empty religious lives and from repeated failure. May we be ever mindful that it is you who has delivered us.
Lord in your mercy…

Lord, the cleansing of filthy fabrics requires the use of powerful soap. We pray for those who hurt others and cause pain and suffering. Christ come into their lives.
Lord in your mercy…

We pray for those who mourn, for those who are alone, for the poor and homeless. God, you can be trusted to give us what we need when we need it. And here we pray for those – out loud or in our hearts – who are having a hard time overcoming pressing problems and difficulties…
Father be with them during this time and use the fire of difficult times to ready them and us for your restoring work.
Lord in your mercy…

Father, in you there is no deficiency or shortfall. You are perfectly capable of running the world you created, and have no problem managing the universe you uphold by your mighty power. God our creator, may we come to know that there is no greater privilege in life than to recognize that we are cooperating with you as you work out your eternal purposes both now and forever more.

Amen.

Written by Vincent Solomon, to be offered in worship on the 2nd Sunday in Advent, December 6, 2009.

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