Advent: Heading towards hope

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In anticipation of the third week of Advent, we have prayers

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Today we transition from focusing on ‘A child shall lead them’ and Isaiah 11.1-10, and look ahead to the third week of Advent and its theme of ‘hope’ and Isaiah 29.1-10.

Prayers for Advent

On this eve of the second Sunday of Advent, take a moment to pray for your own Advent journey, that it will be a time for reflection, for increased understanding and a growth in your relationship with God, who loves us.

If you are lighting an Advent candle each week you might like to use this prayer. You will need either one large candle to light each Sunday of Advent or four smaller ones to light one each week.

As you light the third candle, pray:

To all for whom debt and lack of support
mean a life full of fear and uncertainty.
Bring your light and hope.

As we approach the third week of this great season of Advent we pray.

Gracious God,
Meet us as we gather
at the dawning of your light.
As we hear again the story of
your love born among us,
strengthen us to face the
darkness of the world.
May we know our gifts and find our voice
and be emboldened to proclaim the joy of your kingdom,
fragile and dependent as a baby,
bright as your love shining light through
the darkness that will never overcome it.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus, your Son.
Amen.

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