Prayer of the Church 4 Advent Yr A

Prayer of the Church, 4th Sunday of Advent, Year A

P: Advent God: We praise and thank you for the word of promise spoken long ago by your prophet Isaiah; as he bore the good news of the birth of Immanuel–so may we be bearers of the good news that Immanuel comes to be with us. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.

   P: Shepherd of Israel: Like your chosen people who suffered at the hands of their enemies and cried to you in times of exile; so we cry out to you in our suffering and when we live in the exile of our sin and the powers of evil that threaten to destroy us. Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.

   P: God of Prophets and Apostles: We praise and thank you for calling prophets like Isaiah and apostles like Paul who faithfully proclaimed your Word to Jews and Gentiles. We also thank and praise you for calling us to a life of faith; may your Spirit of holiness work in and through us to inspire us with your grace and peace to share wherever you have called us to serve you. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.

   P: Saviour of the World: We thank and praise you for the faithfulness of Joseph, who listened to and acted in faith as your messenger spoke to him in a dream; so may we be attentive to your messengers speaking to us that we too may act in faith to accomplish your divine purposes; trusting that Emmanuel-God is with us. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.  

   P: King of kings and Lord of lords: Grace the leaders of nations with your wisdom that they govern with justice, mercy, and peace; especially today we remember: Queen Elizabeth, our Prime Minister and Members of Parliament, our Premier and Members of the Legislative Assembly, our Mayor and Council Members, and the leaders and peoples of Haiti, Sudan, North and South Korea, Burma, and El Salvador. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.

   P: Great Physician: In love and mercy you stretch out your hands to heal those who suffer from all manner of illness and disease. We pray for all who are sick, shut-in, hospitalized, dying, mourning their dead, depressed or lonely, especially: [names]. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.

   (Additional thanksgivings and intercessions may be included here, ending with: God of love: C: Hear our prayer.)

   P: Into your loving care we commend all for whom we pray; trusting in your all-sufficient grace; through Jesus our Immanuel; who together with the Spirit of Holiness we worship and adore; one God, who comes to be with us in every age. ALL: Amen.

Prayer of the Church II Advent Yr A

Prayer of the Church, 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A

P: God of Peace: We praise and thank you for the beautiful vision of Shalom that you gave your prophet Isaiah in ancient times and continues to inspire us today. A vision that foresees the stump and branch of Jesse ushering in perfect justice and righteousness; removing the sinful, aggressive nature in all of creation; abolishing war and violence; a time when they will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.

   P: God of Peace: In a world of greed, injustice and war; defend the cause of the poor; deliver the needy; crush all oppression and may your glory fill the whole earth. Bestow your grace upon our Queen, Elizabeth, our Prime Minister and Members of Parliament, our Premier and Members of the Legislative Assembly, our Mayor and City Council; and the governments of every nation; that they may be instruments of your justice and peace in the world. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.

   P: God of Peace: You deeply desire harmony and good will between your chosen people, the Jews and the Gentiles. Help us together, with one voice to glorify and praise your name as we worship you within these walls and through lives devoted to serving you. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.

   P: God of Peace: As John the Baptizer was the voice of one crying out in the wilderness to prepare his people for the way of the Lord; so, too, do we feel like lonely voices crying out in the wilderness filled with sin and evil all around us. Grant us the courage to be faithful in the face of adversity and unbelief. With your Holy Spirit’s power working in us, may we live out our baptismal covenant. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.

   P: God of Peace: During this season of Advent as we prepare for Christmas, may we care for the most needy and vulnerable in our midst, especially: the poor, widows and orphans, the unemployed, the homeless, those suffering from addictions, the prisoners, those struggling with loneliness and depression. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.

  (Here other petitions and thanksgivings may be included, ending with: Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.)

   P: God of Peace: All of these things and whatever else is needful and wholesome for us; we pray, in the name of Jesus who comes to reign as Prince of Peace. ALL: Amen.

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!