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Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. A complete edition of the prayers is available though Augsburg Fortress [link].
  • Thematic
  • God of timeless grace,
    you fill us with joyful expectation.
    Make us ready for the message that prepares the way,
    that with uprightness of heart and holy joy
    we may eagerly await the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ,
    who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
  • Intercessory
  • God of hope,
    you raised up John the baptizer
    as a herald who calls us to conversion.
    As we joyfully await the glorious coming of Christ,
    we pray to you for the needs of the church and the world.

    Prayers of the People, concluding with:

    Hear our humble prayer
    that we may serve you in holiness and faith
    and give voice to your presence among us
    until the day of the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ,
    who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
  • Scripture
  • Laboring God,
    with axe and winnowing fork
    you clear a holy space
    where hurt and destruction have no place,
    and a little child holds sway.
    Clear our lives of hatred and despair,
    sow seeds of joy and peace,
    that shoots of hope may spring forth
    and we may live in harmony
    with one another. Amen.