Prayers of the People, First Sunday of Advent, December 2, 2018

Oremos. Let us pray.

Ancient One,
From the beginning of time you have been moving this creation toward redemption.
We wait with eager patience for all that you promise to provide.
On this first Sunday in Advent, we lift up those waiting to give birth and those waiting to die;
Those waiting for what’s next,
For loved ones to arrive, a phone to ring.
For those waiting to love and be loved;
For those waiting to work, and those waiting to rest.
For those who wait for health, and those who wait for test results.
For all of who wait, Come, Lord Jesus.

Oyenos, mi Dios. Listen to your people. Oyenos mi Dios.

Present One,
In this moment, we need your arrival for those who suffer;
for those rebuilding after fire;
for those living in the cold, in tent cities and outside in the snow;
for those in Project Home.
For those who are grieving, and those who fear violence.
For those at borders, and for those far from home.
For the sick, those we name on our prayer list and those we name before you now, silently or aloud.
Silence for the naming of names.
For all of us who suffer, Come, Lord Jesus.

Oyenos, mi Dios. Listen to your people. Oyenos mi Dios.

Future One,
You promise to be faithful;
To give us signs of your world to come.
Give us courage to stand up, raise our heads, and look for your presence.
We yearn to join you in your work of redemption.
Make us a people who live with courage and kindness.
Use our creativity and our gifts to build communities of love and justice.
For all of us who are called to witness, Come, Lord Jesus.

Oyenos, mi Dios. Listen to your people. Oyenos mi Dios.

Gather these prayers, the songs of hearts, our hopes for today and tomorrow,
And join them with the angels’ song.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.