As we await the coming of Christ, we pray in hope for the church, the world, and all of creation.
Prepare your church to share the good news, life-giving God. Put your word within us and dwell among us. Send us out to proclaim the mercy and salvation that abides in you.
Protect the creation, life-giving God. Sustain the mountains and hills. Restore the rivers. Give us wisdom and compassion to care for wilderness areas and urban ecosystems. Move us to care for your creation in all its forms and richness.
Purify the hearts of all people, life-giving God. Remove the hate that lives within us and among us. Mold us into peacemakers. Raise up leaders rooted in your love and fed by your word.
We struggle not merely against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities; create in us a new mind and heart that will enable us to see brothers and sisters in the faces of those we meet. Teach us not to be color blind but color-amazed and to create a Church that embraces the hopes and fears of people of color where we live, as well as of those around the world.
Let us celebrate the uniqueness of each individual. May you show your children that they are all welcome and perfect in your image, lifting up their differences as gifts. Provide strength to the Gastonia’s Agape mission community to live their truths, by creating spaces that are safe and affirming to live, worship, and thrive in.
Comfort all who hurt, life-giving God. Wrap them in your tender care. Remember the forgotten and send us out to share your love with them. Be with the wandering, the worried, and the woeful, especially those we name aloud now or silently in our hearts…
Bless this congregation, life-giving God. Give strength and joy to worship leaders, musicians, and our altar guild as they prepare the way for the celebration of the Christ child’s coming among us.
We remember the generations who have shown us your faithfulness, life-giving God. Shine your light on those who mourn and prepare us for that day when we will see you face-to-face.
Confident that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us, we bring to you these prayers and those unspoken, in the name of Christ, our Savior and Lord.
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