NIGHT PRAYER: Saturday 12/3


At sundown today we begin to celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent: a season of joyful expectation of Christmas; a season for renewing our hearts as Christ's dwelling place today; and a season to prepare for meeting Christ again at the end of our lives, at the end of all time... Last week we prayed for peace, this week we pray for faith...

Each Saturday night in this season, Night Prayer will focus on lighting the candles on the Advent wreath...  If you have an Advent Wreath at home, pray for faith this week as you light the second candle each day.  If you don't have an Advent Wreath - light any candle and pray for faith.  If you have no candle, use the virtual candles above and pray for faith each time you pray at the wreath this week...

As we light the second candle on the Advent wreath, 
we pray for the gift of faith...

- for the deepening of faith

   in the hearts of all believers...

- for deeper personal faith 
   in trying, troubling times...

- for the gift of faith
   for those who seek it...

- for the strengthening of faith
   when in we're in doubt...

- for faith to sustain us in
    worry, fear, anxiety and grief...
- for the faith we need just to make it 
    from day to day and through the night...

- for any whose faith
   is tenuous, shaken or broken...

- for faith to help us survive
   unexpected crises and change...

- for faith to embolden our words and deeds
    with courage and conviction...

- for the prudence of faith to help us discern
  with clarity and compassion...

- for the wisdom of faith to anoint our thoughts
    with reason, vision and truth...

- for faith that leads us to love one another
    with integrity, justice and honor..   
- for the faith we need to share our faith
    with humility, freedom and joy...

- for faith that seeks to live in peace
   with people of other faiths...

We pray for faith to lead us
    to share what we have in serving the poor;
    to work for a harvest of justice and peace;
    to respect and reverence the gift of creation...
Give us faith in you and your love, Lord,
    in your mercy, your word and your truth;
give us faith in our neighbors, near and far,
    and faith in ourselves, the work of your hands,
        your beloved, your chosen, your own...
Protect us, Lord while we're awake
    and watch over us while we sleep
that awake, we might keep watch with you
    and asleep, rest in your peace...

We Walk By Faith by Marty Haugen
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We walk by faith and not by sight
No gracious words we hear
Of him who as none e'er spoke
Yet we believe him near
We may not touch his hands and side
Or follow where he trod
Yet in his promise we rejoice
And cry "My Lord and God"
Help then, oh Lord, our unbelief
And may our faith abound
To call on you when you are near
And seek where you are found
That when our life of faith is done
In realms of clearer light
We may behold you as you are
In full and endless sight
We walk  by faith and not by sight
No gracious words we hear
Of him who spoke as none e'er spoke
Yet we believe him near

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