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Ecumenical Prayer, 13.12.20

Call to Prayer: Sunday 13th December 2020 3rd Sunday in Advent
Prayer @ 7pm

At this time, we find ourselves deeply conscious of the challenges that we still face and yet also of the hope that lies on the horizon. It is as if we have journeyed through a time of darkness and deep uncertainty with no seeming end in sight. Then, even as darkness seemed set to engulf us once more, a light has dawned and has brought hope to the world and to the community of all peoples.

In the past we have prayed:

Lord, we pray for scientists and researchers;
For those seeking to understand the challenge we face; For those creating potential vaccines;
For those advising decision-makers.
Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Notwithstanding the challenges we still face, we give thanks to God for those who have created the vaccines that have the potential to restore life to the communities of which we are all a part.

As we continue on in our Advent journey, we hear of a witness who has come ‘to testify to the light’. The light is not yet with us but the messenger comes to bear witness to the ‘true light’ of God that will soon break into our world. (John 1: 6-9) Even now, the light breaks on the horizon for the light of God is coming into our world once more. We pray:

Lord, we are your people who have journeyed in darkness And who long to see your light once more.
We are those who have journeyed through hard times And who long to see life and community renewed.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord, we give thanks for scientists and researchers
And for those who have created the vaccines that give hope to the world. We pray for the just sharing of these precious gifts
And for the renewal of life in every nation.
Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord, we are those who journey on
Towards the horizon where light shall surely break. We journey in times where we are distanced
And trust that in time the distance shall be overcome. Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for those who care for the living
And for the dying.
We pray for the bereaved and for the bereft
And ask that you would draw near to them in your compassion. Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Lord, we are those who have heard
Of the true light that is coming into the world.
We ask that we might become your messengers
And bear witness to Jesus Christ, the light of God that is to come. Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

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