Monday, November 28, 2016

Prayer of Expectation

Whenever you hear the words: God of Peace, as we wait for the birth of the Messiah
Please respond with: We pray for peace, for justice, for new life.

God, you invite into this time of preparation, of waiting, of hoping.
We talk about the Prince of Peace, but we live in a world of violence.
Every day our news feeds have stories of threats and attacks,
bombs in the Middle East, active shooters on university campuses,
promises to register those who are different than us.
We need a dose of peace in our world today.
God of Peace, as we wait for the birth of the Messiah
We pray for peace, for justice, for new life.

God, you invite us to live as citizens of the Kingdom.
You invite us to a place and time where justice is the rule,
where there is good news for the poor and liberty for the oppressed.
But that is not the world where we live.
The gap between the rich and the poor gets wider and wider.
The powerful find new ways to enslave the oppressed.
The weeping of the broken-hearted grows louder and louder.
We look forward to the year of your favour,
the promised justice that brings Shalom.
God of Peace, as we wait for the birth of the Messiah
We pray for peace, for justice, for new life.

God, in the busy-ness of shopping and baking and decorating,
you ask us to pause,
to listen for angels bearing surprising news,
to look around and see the wonders hiding in plain sight,
to remember what it is we are preparing for, what we wait for.
In the middle of a hectic season, we look for a respite, a time of calm.
God of Peace, as we wait for the birth of the Messiah
We pray for peace, for justice, for new life.

God who is love.
In this season of preparation we pause to join with hearts around the world singing songs of praise,
sharing the wonders of life, shouting thanksgivings for the blessings of life
...time of silence...
God who is love.
In this season of preparation we pause to join with hearts around the world singing songs of lament,
sharing the struggles of life, shedding tears for the bitterness of life
...time of silence...
God who is active in the world, God who is changing the world,
we place our lives in you hands as we serve and wait and watch.
God of Peace, as we wait for the birth of the Messiah
We pray for peace, for justice, for new life.
So be it. Amen.

2 comments:

Belmont Harrietsville-Mossley said...

For many years I have wondered why we write prayers that say we are waiting for the birth of Jesus - just as this prayer has done - "God of Peace, as we wait for the birth of the Messiah"
We are not waiting for the birth of the Messiah. We are celebrating the birth of the Messiah - a birthday celebration. He has come and he has fulfilled the will of the Father for him.

RevGord said...

I think that liturgically we are preparing for the birth and marking a birth that has already happened.

Each year the cycle begins anew, even while we wait for the time that the cycle will be completed and the Kingdom will be in fullness and the will of God is actually fulfilled.