Prayers of the People: December 3

Published on Dec 3rd, 2017 by Member of Congregation | 0

Please join me in the Prayers of the people. When you hear me say, “God who surrounds us,” respond with “Hear our prayers.”

God of Hope, we see you everywhere in sky and earth and water, rejoicing with us in moments of light, in a baby’s birth, in celebration of human events and in unexpected miracles; as the days grow short, we begin to anticipate, on this first Sunday of Advent the promise of light and life marked by the birth of Jesus. We stay watchful for your presence and you will not find us asleep. God who surrounds us… “Hear our prayers“.

God who sees all sorrows, we also feel your presence in the moments of darkness, sadness, illness and fear. Lift our people up and enfold them in your comfort; we pray that all those named in our Prayer List are given what they need, and others we pray for, silently or aloud…     …God who surrounds us… “Hear our prayers“.

God ever-present, you are there to catch us in the chaos of the world’s disease, war and injustice. We light candles in our hearts for the countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and for the people of Nyanyadzi Church. We pray for the peacekeepers and peacemakers of the world, as well as healthcare workers, teachers, engineers and those who serve in many organizations. Give them courage. And in our Kootenay Presbytery Prayer Roster we remember Cari Copeman-Haynes, President of B.C. Conference. We are proud of the Mission and Service Arm of the United Church of Canada — it is a beacon of light and comfort wherever it goes. Shine your face on all of us and give us peace. God who surrounds us… “Hear our prayers“.

God who has given us Jesus as a glowing beacon, you have heard us, and we are thankful to be able to bear his name and responsibility. We promise to watch for signs of holiness in unexpected places and divinity in every face we meet. God who surrounds us… “Hear our prayers“.

And the people say…   “Amen!”

 

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