Prayers Of the People

 

Prayers of the People

December 17, 2017

Advent 3

 

Pleading for God’s gift of a renewing Spirit, let us offer our prayers to God, saying: Lord, hear our prayer.

 

That our lives may be songs of praise and thanksgiving rising from joyful hearts and proclaiming in every word we speak and gesture we make that God fills us with holy presence, let us pray to the Lord:

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

That all those in our world held in captivity or any form of slavery may find liberation from the chains that bind them and new freedom for their hearts. We pray for Geoffrey our Bishop, for the Eastern Diocese of Newfoundland and Labrador Synod Office Staff and for the Episcopal Church of Wyoming. Let us pray to the Lord:

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

That we may accept with courage God’s anointing of our lives to share in the divine mission of rescue for the world, bringing justice and joy to all peoples. Let us pray to the Lord:

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

That we may reverently offer in service to the world the ministry of light which we hold in fragile human hands, this sharing in the saving work of Christ the Light. We pray for those on our Ascension Prayer Cycle, those living in nursing homes and senior’s homes, those who attend to the needs of the sick and dying, and all ministries that aid in social justice. Let us pray to the Lord:

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

 

That the mercy of God which lasts from age to age may wash over us and bless us and stir up in us the bold courage to be its faithful prophets in our world. Let us pray to the Lord:

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

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Send the Spirit of Jesus upon us, O God, that we may be your songs of peace and joy in the world. We pray in the name of the one who is our peace and joy, Christ our Lord.

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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