Prayers Of the People

  Prayers of the People

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December 22, 2019

Advent lV

 

Watchful at all times,

let us pray for strength to stand with confidence

before our Maker and Redeemer.

 

That God may bring in his kingdom with justice and mercy. Today we pray for Geoffrey, our Bishop, and for the parishes of Trinity and Twillingate,

let us pray to the Lord:

Lord Jesus, come in glory.

 

That God may establish among the nations

his sceptre of righteousness,

let us pray to the Lord:

Lord Jesus, come in glory.

 

That we may seek Christ in the Scriptures

and recognize him in the breaking of the bread,

let us pray to the Lord:

Lord Jesus, come in glory.

 

That God may bind up the brokenhearted,

restore the sick, and raise up all who have fallen, especially those on the Ascension Prayer Cycle,

let us pray to the Lord:

Lord Jesus, come in glory.

 

That the light of God’s coming may dawn

on all who live in darkness and the shadow of death,

let us pray to the Lord:

Lord Jesus, come in glory.

 

That, with Mary and all the saints in light,

we may shine forth as lights for the world,

let us pray to the Lord:

Lord Jesus, come in glory.

 

We commend ourselves and all for whom we pray

to the mercy and protection of our heavenly Father:

 

Almighty God,

as your blessed Son Jesus Christ

first came to seek and to save the lost;

so may he come again to find in us

the completion of his redeeming work;

for he is now alive

and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Ascension Prayer Cycle:   Andrea, Aubrey, Audrey, Barbara, Barry, Baxter, Bill, Brenda, Brian, Carl, Clarence, Claude, Debra, Delilah, Dennis, Donna, Doris, Dot, Dulcie, Edith, Elaine, Elizabeth, Erin, Frederick, Flo, George, Georgina, Gerry, Harry, Herb,  Ina, Jack, Jason, Jennie, John, Josephine, Junior, Kathleen, Kevin, Laura, Leo, Leonie,  Lori, Madeline, Marina,  Marion,  Maurice, Maxine, Maxwell, Melissa, Melvin, Mildred, Muriel, Nancy, Randy, Randell, Rodney, Roland, Ruby, Ruth, Rita, Sean, Stan, Stephen, Tina, Todd, Valerie and Warwick.

 

Advent Candle Lighting:

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent and we light The Candle of Joy.

First, we lit The Candle of Hope, and reaffirmed our hope in Jesus Christ. (The first candle of the wreath is lit.)

Then we lit The Candle of Peace, and we reaffirmed the importance of our being peace-makers in our world. (The second candle of the wreath is lit.)

And then, we lit The Candle of Love, and reaffirmed the importance of sharing the love we have in Christ Jesus. (The third candle of the wreath is lit.)

Now we light The Candle of Joy, and reaffirm the joy we find in Jesus. (The fourth candle of the wreath is lit.)

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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