Prayers of the People | December 30

Prayers of the People | December 30

In hope and anticipation we pray for the church, for those in need, and for all creation. We exist in utter darkness and are plagued by sin and despair. We have turned our backs to you, but you place before us a beacon of hope. Draw us into the light of your salvation, and prepare our hearts to meet you – now, at the time of our death, and at the end of the ages.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer
.

We pray for your Chosen People of Israel and for the peace of Jerusalem. By your grace we have been grafted onto this holy tree of life. Honour your eternal covenants with your Chosen Ones so that your glory will be revealed in Zion and all nations will know that you are God.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer
.

Let us pray with eyes wide open, for our Lord commands us – watch! Christ, you come as light into our darkness – a flickering flame of faith. A tongue of fire: your word, burning in our hearts. Stir up your power, oh Christ, and come. By your merciful protection, awaken us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and keep us blameless until the day of your glorious return.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer
.

God, shine your mercy on those places in the world most gripped by evil, hatred, violence, fear, and disease – especially Western Africa, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, and the Palestinian territories. Open the door to peace and love, freedom and security, justice and healing – among the nations, and within the most troubled souls among us.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer
.

In our own city, we pray for those with emotional or financial struggles at this time of year – those who lack food, shelter or warm clothing; those for whom this season is a painful reminder of personal conflict, failures, loss, and social alienation. Lord – meet them in their needs.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer
.

Shape this faith community into a place of welcome and support for all people. Feed and strengthen us by your gifts of grace, that we may share them with others. We pray for Agape Table, West Broadway Centre, Manitoba House and El Shaddai in Haiti.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer
.

Visit and relieve, oh Lord, your servants who are ill in mind or body, or are grieving, especially those we name before you. For all of these souls, give them faith in your promises. Send comfort, peace and hope. Come, Lord Jesus.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer
.

Into your loving hands, oh Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

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