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Prayer: A conversation with The Higher Other who lives within each of us. An invitation to vent, to re-think, to ask, and to rest.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Prayers of the People: Keep Dreamin', 3rd Sunday of Advent

for Sunday, December 14, 2014, Readings: Isaiah 61:1-4, Ps 126, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, John 1:6-8, 19-28


   
He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light...He said, "I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord...'" [John 1:8, 23]

        The Baptizer's voice is back with us this week even as we light the Rose candle, which, along with the readings, emphasizes the joyous anticipation of Christ's birth just ahead. The message of this Third Sunday of Advent is "Gaudete," from the Latin for rejoice and gives us a slight respite from some of the more penitential aspects of Advent. Yet John is a reminder that we must "Make straight the way of the Lord," there is One who is coming, the One who, as he told us last week will baptize us with the Holy Spirit. Let us be hopeful, eager, and joyous, but let us not abandon God's call to us to be faithful as God is faithful in the everlasting covenant with us.
        The Psalmist tells us that when God restored the fortunes of those who returned from the long exile they were like "those who dream." [Ps 126: 1a] Look for the Light that is coming, follow it with joy, keep the dream alive!

LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY

Leader:  ~ LORD God of Peace and Promise, in these troubled times we have a moment of sweet anticipation, to let the joy that is coming take root in our spirits, as a reminder that we carry the Light of Salvation within us. Let us also remember to pray without ceasing, honor Your will to give thanks at all times and to hold fast to all that is good.
                                               
                                 Faithful Creator, Giver of Light
  RESPONSE:    Sanctify us in body and soul as we prepare the way for our Christ

~ LORD God of Peace and Promise, in our eagerness to set aside the daily routines of our privileged lives and enjoy a brief season of celebration, let us not forget the trials and tragedies around us in this world, this country, and especially in our own community, or give up the struggle for peace and justice in our political systems. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

                               Faithful Creator, Giver of Light
                               Sanctify us in body and soul as we prepare the way for our Christ

~ LORD God of Peace and Promise, renew the hope of those who live with serious illness, despair, or fear, and lighten the burdens of those who attend to their care. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

                               Faithful Creator, Giver of Light
                               Sanctify us in body and soul as we prepare the way for our Christ

~ LORD God of Peace and Promise, may those who sow with tears of sorrow reap fruits of joy with the knowledge that their loved ones are restored to everlasting life in You. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

                               Faithful Creator, Giver of Light
                               Sanctify us in body and soul as we prepare the way for our Christ

~ LORD God of Peace and Promise, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt intentions and petitions, aloud or silently…

                               Faithful Creator, Giver of Light
                               Sanctify us in body and soul as we prepare the way for our Christ

~ LORD God of Peace and Promise, we give special thanks for those dedicated, as was John, to lead us as faithful witnesses of Your Word and Sacraments. Continue to enlighten them that they in turn will help us all be ready for the Coming of Christ Jesus. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

                               Faithful Creator, Giver of Light
                               Sanctify us in body and soul as we prepare the way for our Christ

The Celebrant adds: Holy and Merciful LORD, Restorer of Hope, as we are still waiting for the One who is to come, we plead again for Your help to hear Your call, to purify our hearts and minds, and to live each day as the people of true faith that we wish to be. We ask, as we always do, through Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who together with You reign as One God, now and forever.    Amen.




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