Prayers of Adoration & Confession

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Maranatha, maranatha,
come, Lord Jesus, come
Maranatha, maranatha,
come, Lord Jesus, come.

God of all times and places,
You call us to share in your future of hope,
Help us to see your signs of hope and meet them with our own,
Show us how to answer your call now, breathing new life into the world.

Jesus, the one who is coming and he who waits with us,
You live with hope even through times of suffering.
Guide us to the suffering places where hope is needed,
encourage us to continue your work for good when despair seems overwhelming.

Holy Spirit, faithful presence, guiding light,
Your flame keeps hope alive in us,
Allow us to glimpse God’s future within our own hopes,
Let our time of waiting be a time of creation as we reach for your future.

Trust in God’s future and do not lose hope,
For Jesus said “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
In Christ, through Christ and because of Christ, our sin is forgiven. Thanks be to God.

Maranatha, maranatha,
come, Lord Jesus, come
Maranatha, maranatha,
come, Lord Jesus, come.

Amelia Ware, offered for worship 29/11/2020, Advent 1B

Prayers of the people

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Loving and faithful God, you are always there when we reach out to you
with our hopes, our dreams, our prayers. And we  know You will hear us.

Our hope is for a Church without division.
For the willingness to hear each other and to act in your name.
For eyes that see need and hands that do something.

We hope for peace in our world.
For fighting to stop so we can live our lives.
We hope for leaders who work for the people and not their own pockets.
For justice, equality, safety from violence and exploitation.

We hope for our fragile world, for it’s not only animals
facing extinction and our land facing devastation, but we ourselves if we do nothing.

We hope for a vaccine, the promise is there but we wait for the reality.
A vaccine not only for the rich or the privileged, but for everyone.

We hope and wait.
But ours are the hands, the eyes, the words, the skill, the imagination that works your will in the world.
Your Kingdom Come.

Helen Burnham, offered for worship 29/11/2020, Advent 1B