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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
for they will be satisfied.
Generous God, bless those who are zealous
in their quest for justice and keep them
on a path that is always directed toward you.
Fill them and us with a desire to
see your “little ones” cared for
and treated with dignity and respect.
 
Blessed are the merciful
for they will be shown mercy.
Merciful God, bless those
who recognize your steadfast love
in all aspects of their lives and
who extend themselves to others
in gentle acts of mercy and compassion.
Bring them and us comfort
when we feel most desperate and alone.
 
Blessed are the clean of heart
for they will see God.
All-powerful God, bless those
who are fervent in their faith.
Reveal yourself to them and to us
through every aspect of our lives.
 
We offer these prayers with confidence
through the Holy Spirit and
in the name of our Lord, Jesus.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Jesus, brother and Lord,
your call to Peter
is echoed in my own call to discipleship.
At times I feel unsure
of how you could possibly desire me for this service.
Yet, I know you can do great things with my life
if only I consent.
Take my hesitancy and my reticence
and transform them into courage and confidence in you.
Teach me how to respond wholeheartedly to your invitation
and move more deeply
into intimate relationship with you.
I say yes to serving you and your people
in truth, justice, and mercy.
I pray this in your name.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Holy One of Israel,
You, who were rebuffed by your loved ones
who would not receive the prophet’s call through you.
I ache with your rejection.
I want to hear the challenges of the prophets today
and respond wholeheartedly,
despite my fears of what this call may require.
I place myself at your disposal.
Direct me to the needs
you would have me address
so that your kingdom may come into being,
now and forevermore.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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God of our hopes and our dreams,
you have planted the hunger for glad tidings within us.
Make your joy more complete
as we participate in proclaiming this Good News;
the blind will see
the prisoner will be released.
Give us the courage
to reach out to the incarcerated
and bring into reality
this promise of freedom.
Help us to diffuse our fears
and know how to realize our call
so that a year of favor
may be celebrated in your name.
I pray this,
holding my reservations and anxiety up to you,
and I ask for your blessing and grace,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord
and through your Holy Spirit.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Lord God, we gather together in your name.
We acknowledge your loving presence among us.
We ask you to help us to recognize
the many gifts we have received from you.
We thank you, in particular,
for inviting us to serve you.
Guide us
as we seek to use our own gifts more fully
and to empower others to use theirs.
Be with us
as we deepen our understanding
of all that you call us to be.
We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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God of love, in the Jordan River you revealed Jesus
as your beloved Son.
We praise you for the gift of Christ,
our salvation and our peace.
You anointed Jesus for the service of the world.
Strengthen the Church’s witness
to this mission in our world today.
You brought us to new life and made us
members of Christ’s Body in baptism.
May the gift of your Holy Spirit keep us
ready to meet the demands of our baptism.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Be with us, Jesus,
as we go about our lives this week.
Watch over our days and nights.
Help us be aware
that the lives we lead each day
are our response
to the great love shown to us
in your coming into this world.
We pray in the name of the Father,
you, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 
From PrayerTime: Faith-Sharing Reflections on the Sunday Gospels, Cycle C, © RENEW International

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Heavenly Father,
we ask you to keep us from taking the ordinary
so much for granted.
Help us be patient with each other.
Help us appreciate all people and
see anew the mystery of godliness within them.
Give us the humility to ask for the forgiveness we need
and the generosity to offer our own forgiveness
to others in return.
We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ,
in union with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 
From PrayerTime: Faith-Sharing Reflections on the Sunday Gospels, Cycle C, © RENEW International

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Lord Jesus,
you are divine and human,
born into the world by your blessed mother.
As we celebrate your birth,
we do not tremble before you or shrink from you.
Instead, we embrace you,
assured of your understanding,
your love,
and your mercy.
Thank you for your presence among us here on earth
and for the promise of union with you
forever in heaven.
Amen.

 
Adapted from Advent Awakenings, Year C: Say Yes to God, published by RENEW International

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God,
open our hearts to the invitation and challenges
placed before us in the Gospel.
May our anticipation of the celebration of Christmas
encourage us in our work for justice in the world.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

 
Adapted from Advent Awakenings, Year C: Say Yes to God, published by RENEW International

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God of all creation,
the barrenness of winter is upon the landscape.
Cold is in the air.
Help us to be aware of your Spirit at work
in all we experience
in these special weeks of Advent.
May we embrace the season as an opportunity
to grow in our knowledge of ourselves
and in our relationship with you.
We pray with gratitude for all your goodness.
Amen.

 
From Advent Awakenings, Year C: Say Yes to God, published by RENEW International

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God, Father of us all,
your servant John the Baptist
proclaimed you in the wilderness.
May we listen to that call and hear you as well
in those who call to us now.
Make us more attentive to your Word:
forgive us for when we have not listened to you,
and help us to prepare for your coming
We ask this in the name of Jesus,
who was proclaimed by John.
Amen.

 
From Advent Awakenings, Year C: Say Yes to God, published by RENEW International

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God of our journeys,
as we begin this season of Advent,
calm our hearts and minds
that we may focus
on what is truly important.
We ask this through Christ, Our Lord.
Amen.
 
From Advent Awakenings, Year C: Say Yes to God, published by RENEW International

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Let us collect our hopes, fears,
wishes, and dreams
for the fulfillment
of the Kingship of Jesus Christ,
and lift them in prayer to our God
who hears and answers us.
For the coming of a time of justice,
For the coming of a time of peace,
For the coming of a time of mercy,
we lift these prayers to you,
in confident faith that you will hear
and answer them.
We pray this in the name
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you,
forever and ever.
Amen.

 
Adapted from PrayerTime, Cycle B: Reflections on the Sunday Gospels, published by RENEW International.

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Creator of the wind and sea,
storms and distractions abound
as we move through our daily lives.
When all around us is crashing and shifting,
we often lose our ability
to keep our eyes and hearts trained on you.
We forget who you are
and our faith becomes fragile.
During these times, bring to mind
the many ways you have been present to us in the past,
and help us to experience your presence.
Forgive us when we doubt you,
and deepen our ability to trust.
I offer this prayer through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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