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Advent Two: A Prayer





Father of Creation, God of Hope,

The prophets speak,

And dream and hope

For a different world,

The age to come.

Maranatha.


Father of Creation, God of Hope.

We dwell in great darkness,

The joy in our hearts has ceased.

Our garments are rolled in the blood of ecological violence.

Lord, have mercy,

Maranatha.


Father of Creation, God of Justice,

The yoke of unrestrained capitalism,

Is placed upon the necks of the global south.

Consumerism delights and shares the spoils.

Lord, have mercy,

Maranatha.


And yet we wait, knowing that once you

Heard,

Saw

And responded to the cries of your people.


In that day, a child was born.

Wonderful Counsellor,

To him be all praise and glory.


Mighty God,

To him be all praise and glory.


Everlasting Father,

To him be all praise and glory.


Prince of Peace.

To him be all praise and glory.


He dreamed a dream of a different kingdom

And showed us what this looks like.


In a world of darkness,

He is the world's true light.

In a world of spiritual hunger,

He is the bread of life.

In a world of violence,

He is the blessed peacemaker.

To him be all praise and glory.


And so now we wait,

In the storm of climate breakdown,

Hungry, scared, in darkness,

And we pray for the advent,

The arrival,

Of Bread, the Light, and the Blessed Peacemaker.

Maranatha, Come, Lord Jesus.


Father of Creation, God of Hope.

Whilst we wait,

And sea levels rise,

Grant us strength to face the day.

Father of Creation, God of Justice.

Whilst we wait,

And temperatures rise,

Grant us wisdom to discern how we should live.


Father of Creation, God of Hope.

Whilst we wait,

Grant us the courage to pledge allegiance to the world's true light.

Grant us the courage to resist the beasts that destroy the world.

Grant us the courage to articulate, imagine, and embody the Kingdom of Your Son.


Let the present moment of our existential threat,

Point to the presence and person of your Son Jesus.

Maranatha, Come, Lord Jesus.


Father of Creation, God of Hope,

The church proclaims,

And dreams and hopes

For a different world,

The age to come.

Maranatha

Come, Lord Jesus.


Amen




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