Nov 19, 2011

Prayers of the People: Advent 2 B


Here’s a prayer of intercession which would work well on the second Sunday of Advent (December 4, 2011.  It was written by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild, and posted on his Kir-shalom website.

Prayer of Intercession
for Advent 2

Gracious God help us to meet you as you come to us. 
Help us to prepare your way in our lives,
and to announce your coming in love to others.
Take, O God, what we give and transform it, to your glory.
Take, O God, what we do and transform it to your acting.
Take, O God, what we say and transform it to your singing.
Take, O God, what we live and transform it to your creating.
Lord, hear our prayer....

Lord, hear too our prayer for those rough places in our lives
and in the lives of others that we name before you.
Fill the valleys with your light,
level the uneven paths with your grace,
and grant that your Spirit might so move us and others,
that your saving presence might be visible to all.
Lord, hear our prayer....

Lord, on this Sunday of preparation,
this Sunday which celebrates your peace,
help there to be peace in our lives and peace in our churches,
and peace in our world. 
Where we have sinned, move us to repentance,
and help us confess to those we have grieved and seek their forgiveness;
and where others have sinned against us
help us to trust in your vindication
and grant that those who have hurt us
might see your light and be made new in Christ. 
Lord hear our prayer....

Other intercessions and Bidding Prayer....

We ask all these things in the name of the one John pointed to—
Christ Jesus your living Word.  Amen.

— copyright © Rev. Richard J. Fairchild, and posted on his Kir-Shalom website. Visit his site for other lectionary-based worship resources and sermons.