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Prayers for Advent 1 C on “Come, thou long-expected Jesus”

Using the 4-stanza version of this hymn, commonly set to Stuttgart, that appears in most current hymnals

Everyone sings stanza 1

            You were born to set us free:

                        we pray for the people all around us,

tangled, trapped, and bound by our own sins and fears

and the cumulative sins and fears of humanity, piling ever deeper.

            We pray especially for those in special need of care today . . .

      Let us find our rest in you.                      

            Come, Lord Jesus, come.


Everyone sings stanza 2

                You are the hope of all the earth:

                        we pray for a world where things so often feel hopeless

                                 where peoples dearly desire wholeness only you can provide.

                        We pray especially for people in conflict and danger . . .

                                  for those who lay down their lives . . .

                                         and for those lead us . . .

            Send your joy to every loving heart.

            Come, Lord Jesus, come.


Everyone sings stanza 3

            You are born to deliver us and to reign in us:

                        we pray for your Holy Church, called to bring in your reign . . .

            Reign in us forever, and help us to live out the justice of your promised Kingdom.

            Come, Lord Jesus, come.


Everyone sings stanza 4

            We offer these prayers in your name, at your throne,

where you reign with your Father and the eternal Spirit.

            Raise us there, so we may join the saints and angels in praising you,

                    even as we join together to pray as you have taught us:

            Our Father in heaven . . .

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