Call to worship
The waiting begins, again. The breathing in. The holding on. Can you be patient,
this advent season? Can you make space for Jesus be born again, here, today?
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel’ – As we come to you in prayer this morning, Holy God, we ask you to listen to us – and we give thanks that you have said that you will. ‘You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth!’ – Although you are full of majesty and power, yet you humble yourself and draw near to us; shine your light on our worship today we pray. ‘Stir up Your might and come to save us!’ – In our weakness and brokenness at this time we know how much we need you; knowing that we cannot save ourselves, we call upon your strength today. Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved. – In our uncertainty we wonder what restoration might look like in these days, but we trust ourselves to you and ask again that you will shine on us
and give us hope in the shadows.
O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers? – Amidst our worship we recognize that too often our lives let you down, our prayers are selfish, our compassion is cold, our witness is laughable…. – In a moment of silence we say sorry… And with thankfulness we receive your forgiveness. Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
As we call on your name this day, we pledge ourselves once more to you, O Lord God of hosts, you who have your hand upon us, you who makes us strong for yourself. – We will never turn back from you who gives us life. – Thanks be to God. Amen.
You can view text versions of our bible readings and Rev Paul Martin’s reflection (also available via the weekly email newsletter)readings-29-Nov
Prayers of intercession.
Advent God, you heard the cry of your people and came to the world in Jesus Christ; come near to us now as we pray: We pray for all affected by sickness around the world; for those who will die today of malaria, tuberculosis, cancer, Covid-19… Faithful God, give your strength.
We pray for all who work to bring healing to those who are suffering in body, mind or spirit; for the NHS, for counsellors, for all who support others… Faithful God, give your strength.
We pray for all who are grieving the loss of family and friends; for those who feel helpless, powerless, guilty, distraught… Faithful God, give your strength. We pray for all who are caught up in situations of violence; for those in lands where war is raging, for those in homes where abuse takes place… Faithful God, give your strength.
We pray for all who have lost their way in life; for those contemplating suicide, for those who don’t know which way to turn, for young people confused by these strange times… Faithful God, give your strength.
We pray for governments and local authorities; for all who have to make difficult decisions, for teachers struggling to make schools safe places… Faithful God, give your strength.
We pray for the church here in …, across these islands, and throughout the world; may we be alert to your presence in the world and draw others closer to your love… Faithful God, give your strength.
We pray for ourselves; we too suffer, we too grieve, we too struggle with abuse and confusion, with anxiety and
selfishness… we cling to your promise to come into our lives and we open ourselves to your coming. Faithful God, give your strength.
We offer all our prayers in the name of Jesus, who came, who comes, who will come. Amen
May we go out and disrupt all that is wrong, unjust and hateful in this world.
May we nurture and plant seeds of love. May we celebrate your coming amongst us, Immanuel.