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Good Morning, on this 3rd week of Advent we celebrate Joy.  The precious feeling of Joy and Love in our hearts is what we as Christians wish for everyone to experience.  In these times of difficulty and despair, we are challenged to find the space to produce joyous moments.  God asks us to persevere, to endure and wait for those heartfelt times to return; but also to find joy in supporting others through our common journey, through God’s unconditional love.
When you hear the words, “God of Unconditional Love,” please respond with “Hear our Prayers.”

 Loving Creator, we join with others as we pray for Our Bienestar partners involved in the Nelson United Church outreach project in Guatemala, our brothers & sisters at Nyanyadzi  Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, Peacemakers and Peacekeepers, Health care workers, Teachers, Engineers and the many who serve throughout the world through many organizations. All affected by COVID-19, whether in body, mind or spirit. We continue to recognize and pray for LGBTQ2SIA+ people who are persecuted in many countries.  God of Unconditional Love…    Hear our Prayers.

We pray for the future of our environment; protecting and respecting this gift of creation.  In our Pacific Mountain Regional Prayer Cycle we pray for St. Johns United in Port Alice and St. Columba’s Anglican/United Church in Port Hardy. And in our World Council of Churches Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, we pray for the peoples of China, Hong Kong and Macau.God of Unconditional Love…    Hear our Prayers.

Today, we especially voice our heartfelt concerns for those we love who are sad or facing bad news, grieving, or unwell.  In Our Prayers, we name all those on our Prayer List. Let us take a moment to name those who are also in need of our prayers this morning by naming them aloud or silently at this time…    …Loving God, we humbly acknowledge our need to appreciate all persons, respecting who we all are and what we all do. We ask that our unconditional love for all humankind will sustain our actions to help reconcile and bind us, as God would have us do.God of Unconditional Love…    Hear our Prayers.

Amen!

 

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