This week's prayer suggestions

In this Advent season, Lord, dispel our fears

Advent God, meet us as we face the darkness of our world that we may embrace you in the shadows and move out to greet your light. Dispel our fears and increase our hope.

Enlighten us as we search for truth amongst the clamour of war that we may have courage to proclaim peace and determination to seek justice. Dispel our fears and increase our hope.

Embolden us to cry out in the wilderness that we may find a voice to disarm power and a way to challenge prejudice. Dispel our fears and increase our hope.

Guide us as we seek to make straight your paths that we may guard against self-righteousness and look to you for help. Dispel our fears and increase our hope.

Move us as we reach out to those in need that we may respond with urgency and wait with patience. Dispel our fears and increase our hope.

Challenge us with your promise of salvation that we may put aside all fear and proclaim the hope of liberation. Dispel our fears, increase our hope and grant us Your peace.

Annabel Shilson-Thomas/CAFOD

People of God: be glad! Your God delights in you.

Giving you joy for sadness and turning the dark to light.

Be strong in hope therefore; for your God comes to save.

You are God’s children.

Lord make us one in the love of Christ, today and for ever. Amen.

Common Worship. Times and Seasons: Advent
Copyright © 2006 The Archbishops’ Council

The Lord's Prayer (Contemporary)

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

The Lord's Prayer (Traditional)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

A Prayer for the Church

O God, in whose sovereign power rests everything in heaven and earth, take hold of your church today that, in every parish in this Diocese, we may be led humbly in the paths of holiness and boldly in the ways of witness, that many may be found as new disciples of Jesus Christ and learn to live joyfully in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.