Prayers of the People
December 4, 2016
On this second Sunday of Advent as we anticipate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ may be join together to lift prayers to the Heavenly Father beginning with a moment of silence to center our thoughts.
Heavenly Father, we pray for the Church, the world, and all who yearn for healing and peace. In these latter days, the winds of war and deprivation leave anxiety and fear in their wake. Gather us into one Body, feed us on your holy and life-saving Word, and comfort us with your presence. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heavenly Father, as one body we pray: “Come, Lord Jesus.” Most especially do we pray for the relief of the persecuted Church, and for an end to suffering and oppression for reasons of faith. Let all of us here at New Beginnings continue to seek new life and vigor so as to not be the comfortable Church. Instead may our church and all Christians be enthusiastic champions for our suffering brothers and sisters and the faith in which we all persevere. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heavenly Father, our prophet Isaiah prophesied that one would come who would urge your people to “prepare the royal highway, to make straight the way of the Lord.” Help us to make straight the crooked within us, that our lips and lives may illumine your glory and reveal your steadfast compassion to the world. We pray for those affected by the wild fires in Tennesse and those that have been unsettled by recent school shootings especially at Ohio State. Peace be with each person. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heavenly Father, Your servant John the Baptist saw past the trappings of wealth and power to the poor sinner underneath. Grant the same honesty to those who lead nations, who govern our states and our towns, and who command our military services, that self-interest never overshadows the needs of those in their charge. Bless the few who watch over the many to keep us safe. Preserve the bodies and spirits, faith and integrity of those who serve in the military or emergency services. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heavenly Father, We all await the return of your Son, our crucified and risen Lord. But for some of us the need is immediate and urgent. Grant healing and hope to all who suffer illness in mind, body or soul. Let all those named aloud and in our hearts, along with their families feel your never-failing love and presence. And may all who offer them care and treatments do so with understanding and empathy. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the healing and remission status of some. What a blessing for these individuals and their families. We know thought, there are others still fearful of death. Teach them to trust you more each day so that when You lead them through the shadowed valley, they may rest comfortably in your promises of mercy and salvation. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heavenly Father, open our ears to your Word that we may with patience await with all your faithful people the Day of our Lord’s return and the advent of the new heaven and earth. Into your hands, we commend all for whom we pray, including ourselves, trusting in your steadfast love as shown us by your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen