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An Advent Prayer

In Our Waiting 

God, we come to you in our waiting.

We wait with our fears, 

our anxieties and frustrations, 

our pains and regrets, 

our shame and confusion. 

God, help us to wait in peace. 

We wait with impatience 

We rush around, preparing for the festivities, 

not leaving the space to prepare

our hearts

God, help is to wait in faith


We wait in excitement 

We are ready to celebrate

We know the story with it's humbleness, simplicity

and wonder

God, help is to nurture our joy


We wait in thanksgiving

We are free and able to celebrate 

We have others around us to share in the journey

We are able to wonder in the marvel of your gift, 

God, help us to receive your love 




The First Sunday of Advent 

Almighty God, 

as your kingdom dawns, 

turn us from the darkness of sin to the light of holiness, 

that we may be ready to meet you

in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ 

The Second Sunday of Advent 

Almighty God

purify our hearts and minds

that when your son Jesus Christ comes again as 

judge and saviour

we may be ready to receive him, 

who is our Lord and our God 

 The Third Sunday of Advent 

God for whom we watch and wait

you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for your Son

give us courage to speak the truth ,

to hunger for justice.

and to suffer for the cause of right

with Jesus Christ our Lord

The Fourth Sunday of Advent 


Eternal God, 

as Mary waited for the birth of your Son

so we ait for his coming in glory

bring us through the birth pangs of this present age

to see, with her, our great salvation

in Jesus Christ our Lord

Christmas Eve 

Almighty God, 

as we prepare with joy

to celebrate the gift of the Christ Child

embrace the earth with your glory

and be for us a loving hope

in Jesus Christ our Lord



Let us pray for grace, to keep Lent faithfully;

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing that you have made and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent.


Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that lamenting our sins we may receive from you perfect forgiveness and peace; 


through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever


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