Advent hope

 

God of justice

God of love

God of hope

in this Advent season cause us to hear the challenge of your Word

to make straight the paths

and make real your good news of hope

 

Lord in your mercy...

 

We pray for nations who have just had elections (insert as appropriate) or are hoping that the future might be better than the past

 

Lord in your mercy...

 

We pray for our fragile world as we together face the challenge of climate change, cause each of us from influential policymakers to humble homemakers to make wise choices and act with courageous hope

 

Lord in your mercy...

 

We pray for the care of the vulnerable in our nation, that it might bring hope to all who are frail or in distress and be characterized by justice, love and compassion

 

Lord in your mercy...

 

God of hope we pray for the many people who have one of their occasional visits to church this Christmas time. May they catch a glimpse of the wonder of Christ and come to hope and hunger for more and more of you

 

Lord in your mercy...

 

And God of hope we pray for ourselves

in these dark days

when uncertainty threatens

and climate change beckons

and when people increasingly try to live their lives without you

we turn to you in need of hope and courage

and in the silence we bring to you our fragile hopes for better times

 

Silence

 

Lord of hope, in your mercy...