Sunday 6th December 2015 – Advent 2C (4)

Prayers of the People

Holy God,

in this season of Advent

and at other times in our lives

we find ourselves longing for You,

for Your presence

to instil us with hope and comfort

and for our present existence to be transformed.

We praise You for the moments

when we have glimpsed Your glory,

and been assured of the Spirit’s lead

in daily activities.


In the words of others

we have glimpsed Your glory,

as they have taught us of Your love

and inspired us in all we do.

There are those who are never afraid

to speak out,

and who challenge all

with their thirst for justice

and call to live in relationship with others.

We pray for those who continue to inspire

in all they say and do,

the prophets of our time

who are found in every walk of life –

for politicians and evangelists,

for teachers and news reporters,

for young people and political activists.


Shine in the darkness



As warring nations rumble with discontent,

as people travel to escape hostility, oppression and famine,

we seek glimpses of Your glory

in those who will offer a welcome and a shelter,

who will lift up the downtrodden

and give mercy that allows them to live,

and who offer relief from the burden of hunger, thirst and debt.

So we remember Aid Agency workers,

those within our armed forces,

doctors and nurses and hospital support staff

at home and overseas.

As they offer kindness and care,

may they experience strength and courage

for all they encounter.


Shine in the darkness



In the decoration of our homes

we seek to reflect You glory

and the transforming light we have encountered

in knowing You.

We pray for homes,

that they be places that exhibit more than sparkle in decoration,

but instead that every home

is a place of hope and welcome.

In a season where tensions may rise

with financial and health worries,

or the sense of being trapped becomes more potent

as the weather keeps people indoors,

we remember relationships stretched and broken

and seek Your healing balm,

to bring relief or to aid the path to change.


Shine in the darkness



The presence of others in our lives

as so often revealed Your presence to us,

and we pray for those saints within our own lives

who have shown us Your love

and inspired us to follow You.


Shine in the darkness





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