Prayers for December 17, 2017

Introduction

Today we are in the rhythm of both gratitude and yearning. Between the two, there is great space for hope. We are learning to be a patient people, continuing on, grateful but also impatient, in hope. We don’t give up hoping just because some of the things we long for in God’s reign of peace and justice have already happened. We’re there, and yet we’re not. So much remains unfinished; so many have not yet experienced what has been promised.

Penitential Act

  • Lord Jesus, you were promised to those waiting for you: Lord, have mercy.
  • Christ Jesus, you were foretold as the coming anointed one: Christ, have mercy.
  • Lord Jesus, you will come to us who yearn for you: Lord, have mercy.

Scripture Readings

  • Is 61:1-2a, 10-11 The prophet announces glad tidings and vindication
  • Ps Lk 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54 My soul rejoices in my God
  • 1 Thess 5:16-24 Awaiting Christ’s promised return
  • Jn 1:6-8, 19-28 “There is one coming among you...”

Prayer of the Faithful

Presider Let us pray, my friends, for the fulfillment of humanity’s yearnings.

Minister The church is called to rejoice and be grateful, and yet we yearn because there is so much more to come … so in hope and anticipation, we pray

  • We have tasted peace, yet so many live in the midst of violence and war ... so in hope and anticipation, we pray
  • We promote justice, but so many live without work, housing, healthcare or adequate education … so in hope and anticipation, we pray
  • We live in freedom, but so many are held captive by inequality, prejudice and lack of opportunity …  so in hope and anticipation, we pray
  • There are signs of love around us, but we are a flawed, often unloving people … so in hope and anticipation, we pray
  • Our community is grateful for so much, but people among us are still sick, discouraged, dying and grieving … so in hope and anticipation, we pray

Presider God of hope, we thank you and rejoice for all you have already done for us. We see your work in many ways and places. But our yearning is not yet satisfied, and there are those who have lost hope. Keep us mindful of your promises and ready to welcome your Son among us. We ask this in his holy name, Amen.