Advent Intercessions

I wrote the intercessions for today (leading the prayers in my Church service), so I thought I’d share them on my blog too…

Father, we pray for our world. Christmas celebrations are arriving, and at this time too many of us try to make as much noise as possible. As you revealed yourself in Jesus Christ, as a vulnerable child who grew into an open man fond of the quiet places, help us to remember that we too need these quiet places to meditate individually and to come together, to pray and to allow your Spirit to speak to us, to guide us. Too many people in our world seek power, and consumerism in our world, especially at this time, distracts us all from what really matters. You, the God we used to think was an all-powerful oppressive being, revealed yourself in the face of a fragile baby, handing us the reigns of free will to follow in your footsteps. May our world stop its wars of guns and of disagreement, and remember to put Love before all else.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for our Church. In the house of St Michael, whose name means humility, may we be so inspired to be like him. And to be like John the Baptist in today’s Gospel Reading – disciples, helping one another, and always remembering you and what you have given us. In this time of Advent, we continue to remember your coming into this world, with your holy vision of love and peace. May we aspire to spread that vision through one another, and through all whom we meet in the coming days.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for our family, our friends. (Silent space.)

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for those who are suffering in this time, who are ill of spirit, or of body. Especially in this time we remember… May they be strengthened and upheld in your love, through your Good News. And may they see your strengthening light in their friends, and in the simple smiles of strangers may they see your face.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for those who have recently passed. Especially in this time we remember… In peace may they rest, and may those of us who remain find peace in our own lives, as one day our time will come to join them once again. They remain with us now in our hearts, in Spirit. May we not be afraid.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers, for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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3 Responses to Advent Intercessions

  1. Brian Yu says:

    Beautiful prayer. It encompasses the three lessons that I want to learn from God that I wrote in my journal several days ago: Discipline, humility, and sacrifice. I think God’s telling me something!

  2. These are beautiful and powerful prayers.

    Nissi x

  3. Rohan says:

    Very meaningful and thought provoking prayers, thank you for sharing. I stumbled across you as I am about to start writing intercessions for this coming Sunday. Very humbling on such a special week in the church calendar.

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