Prayers for the 1st Sunday in Advent – Year C (BCP)

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Holy God, Righteous One, Lord of Lords:
You reveal yourself in glory.
You speak, and the whole earth stands in awe of you.

This is our God, the One who will come and will not keep silence;
Before him there is a consuming flame,
And round about him a raging storm.
Worship the Majestic One who makes a covenant with his people,
And seals it with sacrifice.
Let all his loyal followers draw near and listen to his judgment.

What can we do to make ready our hearts for you?
Show us how to prepare your way, O Lord.
We come to you in repentance and humility,
And we desire to give you level paths to our hearts.
Hear now the prayers and thanksgivings we offer in your name.


Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray for the worldwide church.
May your church increase and abound in love for one another and for all.
Give us newfound joy and increasing love for our brothers and sisters around the world.

Grow your church in the grace and knowledge of you, Lord Christ,
And establish our hearts blameless in holiness
As we wait for and hasten your coming.
We commit the work of the Church to you, especially…


Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Sovereign Lord, you are the help and hope of all nations.
You care for the people of all lands:
The hungry and oppressed,
Those who live in peace and prosperity,
And those bowed down with troubles,
The righteous and the wicked – all souls are yours.

We think of all the areas in the world that are torn by war, disease and hunger,
Communities that are overridden by corruption and injustice,
Places where the poor and oppressed cry out,
Places where the rich and well-fed are weighed down and heavy-hearted.
We humbly tell you of the needs we see in the world around us,
And ask that your kingdom would come to all people.


Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray for the needs of our community here in Seattle.
Grow in us a greater love for our neighbors, our classmates and coworkers, our families, friends, and enemies.
Help us to foster uncomplaining spirits, and put far from us idle, critical speech.
Give us a love for your creation and the wisdom to steward your earth responsibly.
Help us to live this week expecting you, Lord Jesus, to come into every area of our lives, especially…


Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

O Lord, as we consider the suffering and trouble of those near to us,
Grant us the mind of Christ to look on pain and yet trust in your character.

We believe that you come to your people, even in the midst of suffering.
We remember those who suffer in body, mind, and spirit.
Come to them now, merciful Lord, and sustain them in your presence.
We commit to your care all those in pain, especially…


Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We trust your Word, that Jesus is the firstborn among many brethren,
That those who have died in Christ will also live with him.

Help us to believe this promise of eternal life and, so believing, to eagerly await your return.
We entrust to your continual care our brothers and sisters who have died in the faith, especially…


Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

You are our God.
We will declare it without fear:
Behold, the Lord God who comes with might!
Behold, the Lord God who rules the earth!
Behold, the Lord God who comes with reward and recompense!
This is our God,
The glorious one,
The one who promises us redemption,
The one who is King over all the earth.


We wait for you alone through Jesus Christ our Lord,

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