Unexpected Hour

Posted on 27 Nov 2016, Pastor: Walt McCanless

1st Sunday of Advent

Liturgy: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

Let us unite our hearts and minds in prayer.

God of the ages, from ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen anyone besides you, who works for those who wait for him. You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. You are concerned not only about us in our own neighborhood but all the nations of the world and every locale. Though you are the Creator who may destroy what you have made like a potter with a pot that is imperfect, you reshape human societies in expectation of a more perfect vessel. Continue to speak to the nations through the scriptures and the church that there may be a new heaven and new earth redeemed from rebellion and violence. As we approach another Christmas and listen for the angelic anthem of peace on earth, grant the world not only the traditional “cease fires” that often suspend armed conflict at the season but a spirit of reconciliation that should be the approach of the church of Christ. May the church in every nation preach the apostolic message: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…”

Strengthen and purify the church so that it may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

By your power, great God, our Lord Jesus healed the sick, giving new hope to the hopeless. Though we cannot command or possess your power, we pray for those who want to be healed. Close wounds, cure sickness, make the broken whole again, so that the ill may be well and happy in newness of life. Help us to welcome every healing as a sign that, though death is against us, you are for us, and have promised renewed and risen life in Jesus Christ the Lord.

In the coming of Jesus of Nazareth, Invisible God, you have let your face shine on us so that we may be saved. We rejoice in the salvation of all who from the beginning have put their trust in your grace and been received into glory. Enrich us in the testimony of Christ so that we are not lacking in any spiritual gift as we wait for the new revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ or in death we are taken to be with him.

These things we pray in the name of your Son, Christ Jesus, who taught us to pray saying…
Our Father who are 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors, AND LEAD us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.