Let us join our hearts and minds as one in prayer. When you hear the words, “God of Peace and understanding,” please respond with, “Hear our Prayers”.
In this Advent time of expectation, draw us together in unity that our praise and worship might echo in and beyond these walls and through our lives. In this Advent of expectation draw us together in mission, that the peace within might be the song we sing and might become the melody of our lives.
Expectant God, this second week of Advent, keep us in perfect peace as our minds focus on the truth of Your powerful love. Thank you for your constant love and care. Help us to trust fully in You to and rest in the peace that You offer. “God of Peace and understanding… “Hear our prayers.”
Caring God, hear our prayer for all nations and all people of the Earth. Hear our prayers of support for health care workers, teachers, engineers and the many who serve in various organizations throughout the world. Hear our cry for justice and peace as we remember our brothers and sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. Hear our prayers for our Bienestar partners involved in the NUC outreach project in Guatemala and for peacekeepers, peacemakers and their families serving in times and areas of conflict. Hear us as we pray for all those people living in countries experiencing political upheaval, unrest and unreasonable prejudice. We pray especially for LGBTQ+ people who are persecuted in too many countries.
We pray for each other and our mission in the world. On this Second Sunday of Advent, we pray for the pastoral charges of North Thompson Ecumenical Shared Ministry in Barriere; Northwood United Church in Surrey; Oak Bay United in Victoria; and Oakridge United in Vancouver. In the World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle, we present our prayers for the people of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. We pray for people in those countries who continue to bear physical and emotional scars from years of conflict; those who have been victims of monsoons and other disasters in the region; as well as refugees from those countries who continue to enrich the societies in which they have made their new homes. “God of Peace and understanding… “Hear our prayers.”
Loving God, we pray for all those who are distressed in mind or body. We feel compassion for those who are discouraged or alone, those who are desolate or depressed; those who struggle with pain, the challenge of serious illness, or the loss of a loved one. May they be filled with faith and with strength. In our prayers today we name those on our Prayer List. We pause at this time to name, either silently or aloud, all those for whom we feel concern… …Hear a portion of a poem of Peace by John Robbins of Earthsave International:
Father/Mother God, Holy Spirit,
Help us to stay connected to our hearts and to each other.
Help us to see the good in ourselves and in each other.
Help us to serve the spirit of goodness in all we meet,
Help us to restore love upon this earth.
May all be fed.
May all be healed
May all be loved.
In Jesus’ Name, the people say… “AMEN!”