Advent God, who was and is and is to come, we pray for the world in which Jesus walked and to which he will return.
Our world has never overcome the injustices and oppression, hatred and bitterness, violence and war. As we picture the innocent victims we would rather not see,
Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come, come into our world and make all things new.
We praise you for all the good things in our churches that truly reflect your character, but we know there is much in us that needs to change. If we have been taken captive by the spirit of the age, if we have failed to listen to you, and lost our prophetic voice,
Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come, come into our church and make all things new.
We thank you for the joys and the fulfilment that accompany your gift of life, but we pray for those who know no joy, and only despair – especially as we face Christmas. Make us a people of grace, a people whose lives are truly a gift to others. Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come, come into our lives and make all things new.
Advent God, transform this world we pray, and start with me.