Prayers of Adoration & Confession

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Let us pray:

We breathe. Slowly. Still our minds. Letting go of the cares of the week. They can wait. This is our time with you, God. Kairos time.

We breathe, we wait.

You come among us, huddled in our locked rooms, and say shalom, peace be with you, God’s peace I leave with you. You breathe God’s loving Spirit in to us, life-giving oxygen. It is enough.

In the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord
In the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord
In the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord

Make straight in the desert a highway for our God
Make straight in the desert a highway for our God
Make straight in the desert a highway for our God

Every valley shall be lifted
And every mountain and hill be made low
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together

This is your hope, O God
This is your shalom.

We give you thanks and praise.

Peace Salam Shalom 

We confess O God, that this seems miles off
Ages away. We want your future now.
We are impatient for your reign to come
For your shalom.

We don’t always live as if it is already here
In fact, we rarely live as if it is already here.
We are sorry, God.
We confess.

Hear again these words of hope. God keeps coming. Energising us from the past, encountering us in the present, meeting us from the future.
In Christ, through Christ, and because of Christ, our sin is forgiven. Thanks be to God.
Amen.

Dave Hall, offered for worship 6/12/2020, Advent 2B

Prayers of the people

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God of the growing forest
Who pushes trees up from the earth through ash-strewn undergrowth
We pray for the world: may the world wait, expectantly.
May the world find peace after war, health after illness, renewal after destruction.
May the turning of the seasons remind us of nature, yet also, the eternal.
In your mercy, hear our prayers. We watch. We wait.
In your mercy, hear our prayers. We watch. We wait.

We pray for the Church. May the Church wait, expectantly.
May the Church heed that voice that cries in the wilderness “Prepare the way of the Lord”.
May the Church find the strength to rebound, rebuild, reconnect.
May the Church celebrate a new liturgical year: as in nature, dynamic, yet eternal.
In your mercy, hear our prayers. We watch. We wait.
In your mercy, hear our prayers. We watch. We wait.

We pray for those in need. May they wait, expectantly.
May they welcome the shepherd who feeds us and gathers us.
May they find the strength to rebuild after a harsh season of fire and destruction.
May they find creative ways to celebrate, or to mourn.
May they celebrate Advent: as in nature, a time of growth, yet eternal.
In your mercy, hear our prayers. We watch. We wait.
In your mercy, hear our prayers. We watch. We wait.

In the name of Christ the sky, wind, growing trees, leaves that sprout praise
Amen

Jim Kilpatrick, offered for worship 6/12/2020, Advent 2B