Prayer of the Church I Advent Yr A

Prayer of the Church, I Advent, Year A

P: God of Judah, Jerusalem and all nations: As we begin a new church year, we offer you praise and thanks for every blessing so generously bestowed upon us. In particular, we thank you for the word of hope and peace that you revealed to your prophet Isaiah long ago; a word that fills us with awe and gratitude as we too long for the day when swords shall be beaten into ploughshares, and spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. And so, we pray: C: Amen, come Lord Jesus!

   P: Ancient of Days: In a world held hostage by terror and evil; injustice, conflict and war; we pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls. May there be peace between Jews and Palestinians; Israel and the neighbouring Arab countries; rich and poor; young and old; men and women. And so, we pray: C: Amen, come Lord Jesus!   

   P: God of Salvation: The night is far gone, the day is near; help us to live as people of light and day; as recipients of divine grace to model our lives after Jesus. And so, we pray: C: Amen, come Lord Jesus!

   P: God of Mystery: Over against false prophets, preachers and messiahs, Jesus you taught that only the Father knows the exact day and hour of when the end shall come. Help us to live in the hope that our ultimate future is in your loving hands and we do not have to live in fear of the end. Each day you give us is an opportunity to live life to the fullest; and in so doing, be prepared for the end. And so, we pray: C: Amen, come Lord Jesus!

   P: Sovereign Ruler: Grant wisdom and counsel to the leaders of every nation—that they may govern with peace and justice. Bless and protect especially Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma as they work for a more peaceful, just, and democratic society. In your all powerful providence, work among the leaders of North and South Korea to prevent war there. Protect and give hope to the millions of Christians around the world who are persecuted solely for their faith; especially today we remember Asia Bibi in Pakistan and Pastor Wang Xiaoguang in China. And so, we pray: C: Amen, come Lord Jesus!  

   P: God of Compassion: Look with mercy upon all who are sick, dying or mourning their dead, especially today we remember: [names]. Grant them comfort and healing of mind, body or spirit. And so, we pray: C: Amen, come Lord Jesus!

   P: As we celebrate Advent, may we be bearers of the hope of Jesus our coming Messiah at home, work school and wherever with go; as we pray these prayers and all of our prayers have mercy and hear us. And so, we pray: ALL: Amen, come Lord Jesus!