First Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

11:15 AM Prayers of the People by Kay Starnes

Loving God, we come to you with hearts full of joy and thanksgiving for your abundant gifts. Thank  you especially for opportunities to gather with families and friends, for those moments we just want to hold onto and savor. In this season when we count our blessings, show us ways to become a blessing to those who live around us, here and throughout the world. Help us to see our oneness with each other and with you.

Lord, even with the knowledge of your goodness and grace, often we are bend down with grief, illness, and burdens too heavy to carry alone. Stretch out your loving and healing hands to those who suffer, lift them up and let them feel your presence.

We are  celebrating the coming of the Prince of Peace, but we see in our world so many places where there is the horror of war. Send the spirit of your divine peace  into every heart so that there will be peace on earth and good will toward all your children.

Continue to bless our church, our community, our nation and the world.

These things we ask in the strong name of Jesus who taught us to pray  saying…