Prayers Of the People

Prayers of the People

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Advent 2

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord, we have seen the sun go on its annual trek into the southern

sky and watched the days shorten. The darkness closes in and we

long for the light. Send us your light, Lord. Lord, in your

mercy, Hear our prayer.

Loving Lord, we are lulled into early sleep, and we hide ourselves in the darkness. Like lost sheep, we grope along our spiritual path and wander in the gloom. The darkness calls on us to sit idle and close our eyes to our darkening world. In this bleak time of spiritual sleep, stir us Lord. Wake us with your light. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Stir us up with a new vision of what your Spirit looks in our life

and in our world. Set us on fire with your Word and with the

light of your presence so that we are consumed with a

passion for telling, proclaiming, sharing, giving away the Good

News of the coming of the Savior of the world. We pray for

Geoffrey our Bishop, for Central Newfoundland office staff , and

for those worshipping in The Falkland Islands. Make us indeed the

“light of the world” as we were called by Jesus. Lord, in your

mercy, Hear our prayer.

 

Renew us as lights that carry the light, that live the light, that show

the light of that good gift that you send us once again this

Christmas. Fill us with your presence so that we can hear and

answer your calling that they may see our good works and glorify

you. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Send us as your light bearers to those who still sit in darkness, struggle with the crush of poverty, need, illness, grief or depression. We name before you in our hearts those who we know are in special need of your healing and strength, especially those on our Ascension Prayer Cycle. Help us share your presence and power. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

God of our journey, like Joseph and Mary, there are times when

we too must set out to travel across the  land. Protect, we pray, all

those who travel by land, water or air, that they may arrive at their

destination safely, and bless those who work to improve our

opportunities and make the paths we travel safe for our use. Lord,

in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

 

Stir us with the joy and peace and hope that you send in the Baby

that came to Bethlehem. Stir up our expectation for the wonder he

will create as our Shepherd in the world, in our lives, in our homes,

in our hearts. In the strong name of the Good Shepherd, coming

into the world, Jesus Christ. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our

prayer.

Amen.

 

Ascension Prayer Cycle

 

Amanda, Andrea, Barbara, Bill, Brenda, Brian, Clarence, Claude, Darryl, Dennis, Dot, Dulcie, Ed, Ernest, Fred, Frederick, Garry, George, Georgina, Harry, Herb, Ina, Ivy, Jack, Jason, Jerome, Jodi, John,  Josephine, Junior, Kevin, Laura, Lester, Lori, Marjorie, Maxwell, Melissa, Melvin, Mona, Mya, Myra, Nancy, Olivia, Pam, Randell, Rodney, Roland, Ruth, Rita, Sean, Sheila, Stan, Stephen, Tina, Todd, Valerie, Violet and Warrick

OPENING RESPONSES

 

This is the Good News –

The grave is empty,

Christ is risen.

HALLELUJAH!

 

This is the Good News –

The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness can never put it out.

HALLELUJAH!

 

This is the Good News –

Once we were not people,

now we are God’s people.

HALLELUJAH!


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