When you hear the words, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” please respond with, “Hear our prayers.”
O Giver of Peace, a peace within and a peace without, in you, we live and move and have our being. With Isaiah, we long for a time of renewal and reversal, when the mountains of pain and injustice are brought level, where deserts of alienation, suffering and oppression are turned into lush oases of hope, new life, a sense of kin with all creation. You call us to work with you in this work of change and renewal and we pray for the energy to work with others in your Kin-Dom of Peace. Until that time, with a steadfast hope, we follow the way of the One whose birth we await again this Advent. We lift our hope-filled prayers to you, Creating and Loving One. O come, O come, Emmanuel… “Hear our prayers.”
With sorrow and hope for change, we join our voices and hearts in remembering the 14 women murdered in Montreal in 1989. With humility, we remember the women murdered and with hope, we together engage in action to end violence against women. We pray for women working to end violence in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam named in our World Council of Churches prayer cycle for this week. We pray for an end to people persecuted because of their gender or sexuality anywhere in the world. We pray for those who give of their time and energy to our Bienestar partners involved in Guatemala, our Kin 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. We pray for all affected by COVID-19, whether in body, mind or spirit. With so many in the world, we pray for the courage to change our consumptive habits and create new policies that promote healing in the climate and this gift of creation. O come, O come, Emmanuel… “Hear our prayers.”
Not only is peace needed in our world, healing and peace in the lives of those who suffer. We stand with and lovingly surround those who are in special need and name all those on our Prayer List. We now name silently or aloud others for whom we are concerned … …O come, O come, Emmanuel… “Hear our prayers.”
In humble preparation for the coming of Emmanuel, we tune our hearts to the song of the angels, we tune our ears to the voice of the poor, we tune our hands to the call to community and love, we tune our feet to march to the rhythm of the saints, all of which calls us to live your Kin-Dom where we shall know your comfort, your consolation and your compassion. In the work of Kin-Dom, bless the people of West Point Grey United Church in Vancouver, and all people of faith everywhere proclaiming hope and love in the world. And as the song from South Africa rings out, we pray, “Freedom is coming, freedom is coming, freedom is coming, this I know,” Freedom is coming for all the earth; this we know!
And together we all say: “AMEN!”