You have been gracious to your land, O LORD...Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring up from the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven. [Psalm 85:1a, 10-11]
The Lord is not slow about his promise...but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance...in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. [2 Peter 3:9, 13]
LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY
Leader: ~ Loving Lord, Forgiving and Gracious, draw us out from the spiritual wilderness we make for ourselves by our daily neglect of You, and help us listen as You speak peace to the faithful. Grant us courage to prepare the way and make straight the path for a new heaven and a new earth, as we await the unknown time until our Savior, Christ returns.
~ Loving Lord, Forgiving and Gracious, calm the tears of all who grieve, as Heaven now celebrates each soul that has entered eternal bliss, away from earthly woes, into a peace beyond our understanding. We pray especially for… add your own petitions
~ Loving Lord, Forgiving and Gracious, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt thanksgivings, intercessions, petitions, and memorials… add your own petitions
Come, ransom us again
~ Loving Lord, Forgiving and Gracious, energize and excite all who lead us in Your Church, that together in this holy season, we may re-ignite our faith-filled wonder and eager anticipation, turning our hearts, minds, and lives back to You. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
The Celebrant adds: Jesus, Lord at thy Birth, let us repent of our sins in the silent nights of our souls, that we may feel the approach of Your redeeming grace, and seek the dawn of indescribable joy through life and love everlasting in You. We ask through the Holy Spirit, our Advocate; and the Creator, Most High; who together with You, are our One God, on earth, as in heaven, forever. Amen.