This week's prayer suggestions

Lord Jesus, the light of your coming drives out darkness and overcomes fear.

Heavenly Father, we pray that the light of Christ may fall on those experiencing the darkness of sin, fear, stress, loneliness, grief or despair, and on those caught up in the darkness of war, terror, flood or famine - especially we lift to you those affected by Friday’s attack on London Bridge.

For them, the church, the world and ourselves, we pray for peace and a quiet heart as we prepare to welcome Jesus into our fears, into our troubled relationships, into the bustle and hurry of our lives and into those hard to find moments of solitude.

Lord Jesus, the light of your coming drives out darkness and overcomes fear.
So, we pray, ‘Come, Lord Jesus.’

Lord Jesus, the light of your coming reveals the truth and lights our way.

Heavenly Father, we pray that the light of Christ may fall on our Queen and her government, on those with important decisions to make for the good of the world, on those who are campaigning and those who will vote, on those who are perplexed about which way to turn, on those trying to get back on track having taken a wrong turning and on those looking for meaning and purpose in life.

For them, the church, the world and ourselves, we pray for honesty, wisdom and strength as we prepare to welcome Jesus into our sinfulness, our hurts and our insecurities - into all that separates us from God's love and robs us of joy.

Lord Jesus, the light of your coming reveals the truth and lights our way.
So, we pray, ‘Come, Lord Jesus.’

Lord Jesus, the light of your coming brings comfort, healing and restoration.

Heavenly Father, we pray that the light of Christ may fall on those who are sick, on the dying, the grieving, the lonely and the desperate, on doctors and nurses and all who care, and on those who have lost their job, their home, their family, their independence, their reputation or their hope.

For them, the church, the world and ourselves, we pray for forgiveness and healing as we prepare to welcome Jesus into our hearts and into the broken, hidden and unlovely parts of our lives.

Lord Jesus, the light of your coming brings comfort, healing, restoration and hope.
So, we pray, ‘Come Lord Jesus.’

Lord Jesus, the light of your coming inspires us, fills us with hope, prompts us to service and gives us new purpose.

Heavenly Father, we pray that the light of Christ may fall on Bishop Graham and on all those who lead and serve your church as they plan and prepare for the Advent and Christmas seasons, and on all followers of Jesus as they seek to discern Your will and fulfil Your purpose in their lives.

For them, the church, the world and ourselves, we pray for hope, determination, compassion and generosity as we prepare to welcome Jesus into our needy world, our needy nation, our needy lives and our needy hearts.

Lord Jesus, the light of your coming inspires us, fills us with hope, prompts us to service and gives us new purpose.
So, we pray, ‘Come Lord Jesus.’

O Lord our God, make us watchful and keep us faithful as we await the coming of your Son our Lord; that, when he shall appear, He may not find us sleeping in sin but active in His service and joyful in His praise.

In this Advent season, we prepare for His coming.
So, we pray, ‘Come, Lord Jesus.

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People of God: awake!

The day is coming soon when you shall see God face to face.

Remember the ways and the works of God.

Christ calls you out of darkness to walk in the light of his coming.

You are God's children.

Lord make us one as we walk with Christ today and for ever.

 

Common Worship. Times and Seasons: Advent
Copyright © 2006 The Archbishops’ Council

The Lord's Prayer (Contemporary)

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

The Lord's Prayer (Traditional)

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 trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

A Prayer for the Church

O God, in whose sovereign power rests everything in heaven and earth, take hold of your church today that, in every parish in this Diocese, we may be led humbly in the paths of holiness and boldly in the ways of witness, that many may be found as new disciples of Jesus Christ and learn to live joyfully in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.