Parish Associate Kellie Picallo offered these Prayers of the People on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018.
Gracious God, we begin with two of the most important words in our faith: Thank you. Thank you for being a God who is not distant, but who walks with us through our wilderness moments and through the peaks of joy. All we can ever do is say thank you – and in the moments when we forget, stir the spirit of gratitude within us.
Lord, if Advent means arrival, we have to admit that sometimes we not so very good at being still and waiting. As we revel in the beauty, sounds and smells of Christmas, and as we await the arrival of the One who will change everything, help us to keep our eyes firmly on the reason for the season.
Guide us to remember that Christmas is not OUR birthday – and let us slow down to notice the places you are calling us to help: The coworker in need of the encouraging word; the family member who has grown distant and hard to reach. Gracious God, keep our eyes open to the needs of the stranger and the places where our leadership and skills can serve and help.
In silence we share the prayers on our hearts.
Lord, the beauty of this season sits against the backdrop of a divided country, and with much that is wrong and needing to be right. It can be hard to hear the angels bringing messages of joy amidst the shouts from across the news cycle. Let us learn from a Savior who was willing to sit at a table with those who didn’t agree with what he had to say – and stay true to that Hope, Love and Forgiveness that are the promises of our faith. As we enter this second week of Advent, let the candle of Peace light our path on these days ahead as peacemakers.
We pray now the words of our Savior, the Prince of Peace. who taught us to pray, saying...
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.