Nov 23, 2013

Pastoral Prayer for Advent 3A

Here’s a pastoral prayer for the third Sunday of Advent, Year A.  It comes from the Lutheran Forum website.

Prayer for Advent 3A
(inspired by Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10, Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10)

Lord Jesus Christ,
like John the Baptist we want to know if you are the Messiah.
You tell us to listen and to take notice of you in this world,
and then, from experience, you talk about the kingdom of heaven.
Open our eyes to see the lame walking, cures occurring,
and hope rising in the kingdom that shall come,
all as evidence of your presence among us.

Stir up your power and come: Be born anew in us.

Dearest Father, your glory is made manifest
by the strength you give us as your believing people.
Fear dissipates when you are near.
Weak knees no longer tremble.
We want to sing, and joy replaces doubt.
We reach for you with our feeble hands,
but it's your hand that holds us fast.

Stir up your power and come: Be born anew in us.

Holy Spirit, we need your counsel.
We do not wait well.
Like farmers waiting for crops to ripen, we need to remember
that your time and presence saturates all of our days,
especially those in which nothing much seems to be happening.
And then you make us bloom in due season

Stir up your power and come: Be born anew in us.

We remember, Lord, that you set the prisoners free,
and gave justice to the wronged.
Now you care for parent-less children and surviving spouses through us,
your hands and heart and voice in a world
that does not see loneliness as suffering.
Be present through us as we attend to all in need.

Stir up your power and come: Be born anew in us.

As we name those whom we know have special needs for healing,
remind us of our own need to be prayed for by the faithful.
Hear us as we speak aloud, or in our hearts, the names of those who need you,
even as we whisper our very own names ____.

Stir up your power and come: Be born anew in us.

Soon, Jesus, comes the Day of Christmas, your incarnation.
Help us, like children, to feel the excitement,
for we are all children of the Heavenly Father.

Stir up your power and come: Be born anew in us.

All the earth, seas, and heavens are yours,
and we pray these prayers
because you have promised to listen to us. Amen.

~ from the Lutheran Forum website. http://www.lutheranforum.org/extras/Advent_3.pdf