Worship

Prayers of the People

We invite you to pray with us this week.

It is Advent. The Holy One approaches. The Creator draws near. The Maker of moons and stars, mountains and rivers, locusts and wild honey, you and me, is on the way.

We will not miss this. We will stay awake. We will watch for the Advent of God.

It is late in the year. The days are growing short. We walk in darkness. Yet we are not alone. A beacon shines for broken hearts, for battered souls, for ailing bodies, for angry spirits, for all who walk a difficult path. Light is on the way.

We will not miss this. We will stay awake. We will watch for the Advent of God.

It is Advent. A joyful spirit has touched our hearts. We yearn to do good deeds. In ways both small and large, we want to act out heaven’s mercy. So that bit by bit and leap by leap, we can be enveloped in God’s tender embrace. Love is on the way.

We will not miss this. We will stay awake. We will watch for the Advent of God.

This is right. This is good. We will watch. We will pray. We will use words taught to us by the One who awaits us at journey’s end, 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.

The Rev. Sarah A. Speed offered this Call to Advent on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022.