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The Prayers of the People used during Advent 2010 is below (congregational response in bold):
Let us pray together and then reflect in silence on what God seeks in us today.
We are tempted each day to become captives of frenzy in a time that has been prepared for your coming among us in peace. Grant to us here and to your church in the world the strength to set aside time for reflection and repentance.
Prepare our hearts to receive the gift of your Incarnation.
How will you prepare for God's coming among us in peace? [Silence]
Our nation continues to be polarized, each of us sincerely convinced of the rightness of our cause. Help us grow in understanding of views that differ from our own and to repent of our self-righteousness.
Help us to work together for our common goals.
How will you grow in understanding others? [Silence]
The world is filled with the darkness of war, poverty, hatred, and greed. Open hearts and minds so that the nations and their rulers may grow in the light of understanding, justice, and peace.
Prepare us to become the light of nations you made us to be.
Where is the light you can bring to the darkness? [Silence]
We too easily become unseeing, swept up in the festivities of these holidays. Keep us mindful of those among us who are homeless, unemployed, without hope, and without joy.
Guide us to share with your love the message of hope and new life that we celebrate.
How will you share God's love? [Silence]
We sometimes forget our common humanity with those who suffer from illness, loss, fear and any other adversity. Help us become the blessing made manifest in the coming of Jesus Christ among us.
Let us be a comfort to those who suffer.
How will you be the blessing? [Silence]
We have lost from sight those who have died and will be so much missed this season. We thank you for them, the years we shared with them, the good we saw in them, the love we received from them. Give us strength and courage, to leave them in your care learning to trust confidently in your promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Use us, Father, as bearers of your love to support those who mourn.