23Dec Fourth Sunday of Advent – Bidding Prayers

Introduction (by the presider): Let us bring our prayers to God, the shepherd of Israel, who always protects his own.

  1. For all who follow Christ, that their hearts may be ready for Christmas (pause for quiet prayer). Lord, hear us.
  2. For parents who look forward to the birth of their child, that they may have a safe delivery (pause for quiet prayer). Lord, hear us.
  3. For children yet to be born, that their lives may be protected (pause for quiet prayer). Lord, hear us.
  4. For family members coming home for Christmas, that they may travel safely (pause for quiet prayer). Lord, hear us.
  5. For people who dread Christmas, because of bereavement or loneliness, that our support may help them (pause for quiet prayer). Lord, hear us.
  6. For our  people who have gone before us in faith, that this Christmas they may be re-united in heaven (pause for quiet prayer). Lord, hear us

Conclusion (by the Presider): God of hosts, you look down from heaven and see our needs: let your face shine on us and save us, we pray, through Christ our Lord. Amen