Prayers of the People
December 11, 2016
On this third Sunday of Advent as we await with grateful anticipation the birth of the infant Jesus may we join together in prayer. Beginning with a moment of silence let each of us center our thoughts and devotion to the coming King.
Mighty King, you sent your prophets and servants to prepare the way for your grace in our world. We thank and praise You that in Jesus all the prophecies and promises You made to Your people find their fulfillment. Keep us in faith, trusting in Your faithfulness, and proclaiming to the world that You alone keep Your promises. Let us not be timid or afraid to proclaim your name. Help us to recognize the signs of your blessings despite the darkness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Mighty King, you came to bind up the brokenhearted and to proclaim liberty to the captives Bring peace where there is no peace. Bring understanding where there is hatred and resentment. Grant the 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.
Mighty King, you came to bring good news to the poor, both the poor in spirit and the poor in means. Provide encouragement as well as the gifts people need for an abundant life. To You be all praise, honor, glory, and thanks that You keep Your promises to all people, and that You are especially concerned for the helpless and hopeless. Move us to share Your concern for those who are in desperate need, whose lives are torn by war, poverty, persecution and hopelessness. Guide us to be your hands in feet through love and action, within our church family and beyond. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Mighty King, you brought sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, wholeness to the sick, and life to the dead. Grant this deep compassion and loving care to everyone bowed down by suffering, pain, and affliction of mind, body or soul. Bring them refreshment, hope, and health; and give to those who care for them the Spirit of compassion and encouragement. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Mighty King, you came to comfort all who mourn, to give them gladness. We remember with thanksgiving those most dear to us who now rest in your arms. Sustain all orphans, widows, and widowers as they may acutely miss their loved one’s earthly presence especially during this Christmas season. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Mighty King, in the coming day and week, fill us with patience, waiting for You to act when the time is right. As we wait, enable us to be patient with each other. Thanks and praise be to You that in the midst of our doubts and questions You do not drive us away, rather You show us again Your love and compassion. In Your Name we pray. Amen.