Prayers of the People | December 10

Prayers of the People | December 10

“A voice cries in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord!”                                        Is 40:3ff.

I call us as a covenant community into a time of prayer.

O God, we pray that in our hearts your way may be prepared,

that the path among us, by which your Spirit comes, may be made straight.

Lord, in your mercy… Hear our prayer.

Prepare among us, O God, such a path …

Grant the peace that comes in following your ways,

in opening our lives to you, and sharing our gifts for your sake.

Especially after this week that witnessed political opportunism yielding new violence, we pray for Jerusalem and The Land of the Holy One. We pray for all who are suffering physically, emotionally, spiritually and for all who minister among them. We pray for the Patriarchy and Heads of Churches. We pray for the Chief Rabbi. We pray for the Grand Mufti. We pray for all in public office who are committed to measures to de-escalate the level of conflict and restore calm and order. We pray for the city of Jerusalem such that, in the words of the Psalmist, its peoples will know “peace within its walls and quietness within its towers.”                                                                                    Ps 22:7

Lord, in your mercy… Hear our prayer.

Prepare among us, O God, such a path …

We pray for all who need to be embraced by love:

all for whom comfort is a far-off, illusory dream,

all who are cramped and narrowed in spirit; all who have lost the ability to trust;

all who ache for a signal they are cherished, or even noticed by someone;

all who struggle with a lifetime burden of being told they are not good enough.

Lord, in your mercy… Hear our prayer.

Prepare among us, O God, such a path …

We pray for those in need of hope:

all who mourn the death of a loved one; all who grieve the end of a relationship;

all who are worried for a friend; all who are anxious for a family member’s health;

all who are overwhelmed by illness or disability;

all who live in the midst of social collapse, warfare or grinding poverty.

Lord, in your mercy… Hear our prayer.

Prepare among us, O God, such a path …

We pray for all, in this season of advent hope and earnest awaiting,

whose spirits long to be buoyed up and who have forgotten, or somehow lost touch

of the gift and pure delight of taking delight in the simple things of life,

As we journey, ever closer to Bethlehem, and ever closer to both the manger, and from there, also to the cross… Turn us around, God. Help us to remember that the hopes and fears of all the years in indeed met in Thee tonight, and every night. Hear these our prayers, both spoken and offered silently. And even here, and even now: help us to live as part of your answer.

Lord, in your mercy… Hear our prayer.

With phrases adapted from Advent Prayers of Thanksgiving & Concern by Rod Sykes,in Celebrate God’s Presence: A Book of Services for The United Church of Canada (2000)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.