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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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Lord, God of heaven and earth,
the gift of life that you have shared with us
is sustained and nurtured by the world
in which we live.
If we, as your human family,
cherish our world and learn to share its goods,
there will be enough for us all,
not just to survive but to thrive.
Purify us, O Lord,
of the greed and selfishness
that anxiously drive us to acquire
that which we really don’t need,
and misuse or deplete,
that which others may require to survive.
Teach us, O Lord,
that we are valued for who we are in your sight,
and not for what we have in the eyes of others.
Bless us with a generous spirit and
a servant’s heart,
that you may rejoice in having entrusted
this world, our home, to our safekeeping.
May you be praised by how we treat the earth
and one another.
Hear us, through Jesus, your Son,
who walked our land,
lived in our world,
and gave his life that all may be transformed
and given as gift to you, now and forever.
Amen.

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

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Gracious God and Father,
we are your people embraced by your love.
We thank you for your presence with us throughout all time.
Create us anew through Jesus Christ your Son.
Liberate us from all that keeps us from you.
Send your Holy Spirit, enabling us
to share in your work of recreating our world
and restoring justice.
Heal us from every form of sin and violence.
Transform us to live your Word more profoundly.
Reconcile us so enemies become friends.
Awaken us to the sacred;
nurture our relationships.
Enliven our parishes; reunite our families.
Fill us with joy to celebrate the fullness of life.
Empower us to be a community of love
growing in your likeness
by the grace of Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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

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Loving and generous Father,
You alone know the workings of the human heart.
Show us how to listen to the yearnings
we have deep within ourselves.
Remove from our midst any impediments or distractions
that block us from turning to you in our need.
Open us up to your healing touch
and your bounteous goodness.
Then we shall be free to rejoice,
along with those faithful ones of ages past,
in your generosity
and in your power to heal and console.
We offer this prayer and all of our deepest needs
in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

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

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The earth is yours, O Creator,
and all that dwells therein is sacred.
There is nothing that exists
without your mark of divine love.
Enlighten my mind, open my heart,
empower me to act with justice.
Help me feed the hungry,
rather than hoard,
clothe the impoverished,
rather than consume,
give out of my wants and needs,
rather than oppress.
I pray that justice will reign
on the earth
and the light of your shalom
will break through the darkness.
I ask this through Jesus and in the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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

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Lord God, you came to set us free,
but materialism threatens to enslave us.
Give me the strength
to confront my own unreasonable desires.
Help me to take to heart your command
not to worry about what we are to eat
or what we are to put on.
Free me from worry about my possessions.
Help me to love people and use things,
rather than love things and use people.
Give me the grace
to embrace your whole vision of life,
to see your handiwork in all of your creation
and in all those I meet.
I ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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

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Jesus, our brother,
you encounter us in a special way
in the sacrament of marriage.
You bestow upon us the graces
which strengthen our relationship.
Sometimes, however, it is not easy
to remember your presence.
Help us, Lord, to keep in mind
that you are indeed with us
and a part of our marriage relationship.
Strengthen us, in love, to remember that
you brought us together for a reason;
that we need to honor each other
and each other’s emotions.
Continue to remind us of your presence
as, together, we fulfill our marriage vows
until death.
Amen.

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

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wisdomFather, Creator and giver of life,
help us to embrace the gifts you have
given to us and show us how to use them
generously in service to your people.
 
Jesus, Savior and Redeemer,
show us how to let go
of those aspects of our lives
that inhibit our growth,

make us timid and fearful,
and keep us from seeing the larger possibilities
that lie before us.
 
Spirit of wisdom and love,
fill our hearts with passion for your word
and a zealousness for your work.
 
May all good things come to us
as a result of Wisdom’s company
and true riches be ours
through God’s abundant grace.
Amen.

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

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jesus_childrenJesus,
your words have power
both to frighten and to delight me.
Help me be attentive, to hear
what you are teaching me about death and about life.
Open my eyes to the challenges you put before me.
Show me how to receive the “little ones.”
Give me a generous spirit and a compassionate heart.
I ask all of this in your holy name.

Amen.

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

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crossLoving God,
Jesus taught us so many lessons
during his time on this earth.
Open our hearts and minds
that we may see the goodness
you have put
in the highways and byways of our life.

Keep us attentive to your words
that our footsteps and actions may follow the same path,
the path that Jesus shows,
the path we claim to be walking.
Guide our feet that they may stay on the path of the gospel,
the way that Jesus the teacher has shown us.
We ask this through the same Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

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

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miraclesJesus,
I put my trust in your healing touch.
Unstop my ears and open my heart
to your message of justice, love, and compassion,
even when those words challenge me.
Remove the impediments from my speech—
fear, intimidation, apathy, or doubt.
Help me to proclaim my faith loudly
and my love for you with gladness.

I pray all of this in your holy name.
Amen.

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

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ToolsLoving God,
For the opportunity to find
work meaningful,
We thank you, God.
For those with whom we work,
We ask your blessing, God.
For the times we were not conscious
of our partnership with you,
We ask forgiveness, O God.

For those who have taught us skills
and wisdom and patience,
We praise you, O God.
Amen.

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

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