Prayers for December
The synod encourages congregations to continue praying during Sunday worship for the renewal of the church by praying for congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, other synods, and people throughout the world.
Merciful God, as we light the first candle of Advent, we lift up our payers – at altars, in homes and in waiting rooms – for the health of all your people. We also remember, on this World AIDS Day, all those who have died or currently live with or are affected by HIV and AIDS; though Jesus Christ, our healer and lord. Amen
O Lord, as we light the second candle of Advent we ask for you to open our eyes to see the face of Jesus in the eyes of strangers. Enlighten our way as we journey together toward the celebration of the birth of your son, Jesus. Amen.
Holy God, as we wait in the glow of the third candle of Advent, we hear the words of your messenger, John the Baptist. Help us to prepare a way for Jesus in our communities, our congregations and throughout the world. We especially hold up in prayer missionary children, who live, learn and grow in their faith around the world.
O God, our life and our strength, as we light the fourth candle of Advent, we pray for the people of Mexico, Nicaragua and Nigeria. Give strength to congregations in these countries as they witness to your peace and joy.
Almighty God, thank you for your love and the greatest gift ever given – Jesus Christ. We lift in prayer all who are searching for this gift and remember those who are in dark places and ask that you light their way.
We also pray…
- For Pr. Karl Divine-Koch, health concerns.
- For Pr. Gaylor Nelson, health concerns.
For additional prayers please visit the ELCA Prayer Center.