Celebrating the Third Sunday of Advent with the theme of “Joy”.
We gather together today feeling restless-
anticipating the holidays
anxious for your presence.
Wars and famine and storms rage.
The world isn’t the way it should be:
our relationships are broken,
our hearts are in need of healing,
our perspectives in need of change.
We long for peace, for health,
for a sense of belonging,
Hear the prayers of this congregation:
[read aloud the prayer cards]
And sometimes our longings and hopes run too deep for words.
Hear our silent unspoken prayers as well.
[pause for silent prayer]
Teach us how to best care for one another.
And remind us
that your presence always already enfolds us
that contentment is a daily practice
that seeking peace,
welcoming the stranger,
and tending to those in need
opens our hearts to profound joy.
Teach us to practice happiness
in anticipation of the good in the world.