Prayers of Adoration & Confession

Watch or 4:58

God of desert skies and hidden springs,
We cherish the life-giving water of your creation:
deep oceans, nourishing rain and rivers that ebb and flow.
Forgive us for standing by as your processes unravel,
encourage us to consider the wider significance of our everyday actions.
Help us to support the healing of the Earth,
and appreciate the joy that healing brings,
even as the comforts we know are challenged.

Jesus, who comes bearing hope of new beginnings,
we renew ourselves in you, following your ways
and hoping to share your peace.
Forgive us for the times we have been uncaring
and open our eyes to the needs of others.
Help us to build a community that shares in one another’s joys
and supports each other in our difficulties.

Holy Spirit, that penetrates the blueness of the sky and the flame red of the rocks,
joyfully connecting us through the earth to one another and to God.
Forgive us for ignoring the life that we are called to be part of.
Teach us to listen for you in the voices of those that are pulled by the currents.
Stop us from discriminating based on the colour of a person’s passport,
and help us to challenge the workings of the world.
Amen

Word of Grace
Jesus himself said: I am with you always, to the close of the age.
Believe the Good News that comes from God: In Christ we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God

Amelia Ware, offered for worship 12/12/2021, Advent 3C

Prayers of the people

Watch or 1:00:38

Let us pray:

As the words of joy that we have sung still reverberate in this sanctuary:
we are mindful of those for whom joy is hard to find,
for those who don’t have enough clothes,
for those who don’t have enough food,
for those who don’t have enough (or any) shelter,
for those who don’t have enough protection and justice.

God of joy, bring justice to the world.

We pray this day for those, who like the crowds who went out to listen to John, long for spiritual renewal,
for those who have been strong in faith, but now find their spirit parched.
for those for whom hope and fullness of spirit is elusive
for those whose spirits have been crushed by injustice, prejudice or hate

God of joy, heal their broken spirits

We pray that we, who follow your Son, Jesus Christ, the one to whom John pointed,
may still hear the voice of John calling us to bear the fruits of repentance, the fruits of our baptism:

In our words and deeds,
in our attitudes and behaviour,
in the use of our money and comforts, may we live Christ-like lives.

God of joy, we again pray that you will help to live out our baptism
so that Benjamin and Samantha and all who gather here are nurtured in Christlike-ness, hope and joy.

We pray that the disruptive renewal of Spirit prophesied by John
would disrupt the powers of injustice, indifference and ignorance that pervade our world.
We pray especially for our nation where so many of the powerfulcover injustices with lies,
foster contempt for the weak,
use power for their own gain,
mislead the ignorant, and whose work yields sorrow rather than joy.

God of joy, blow your disruptive spirit among the powerful,
that those who do seek justice may be emboldened
and that those who deceive and obscure may repent.

As we continue this advent journey,
We thank you, loving God, for your presence among us
your creation around us,
and the future which you promise us.
Help us to live in to the joy of the Gospel.

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Geoff Thompson, offered for worship 12/12/2021, Advent 3C

Parts of this prayer are drawn from the prayer for Advent 3C written by Rev. Stephen M. Fearing
and published at 
www.stephenmfearing.com“. They are used with permission.