Prayer for the Week

Sunday 9 December

O God, you know we are often filled with fear and foreboding;

give us courage and deepen our trust.

You are a rock which nothing can shatter;

on you we can place the whole weight of our lives.

Richard Harries

Sunday 2nd December

God of all hope and joy,

open our hearts in welcome,

that your Son Jesus Christ at his coming

may find in us a dwelling prepared for himself;

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God now and for ever.

A New Zealand Prayer Book

The Collect for the
Second Sunday in Advent

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power

and come among us,

and with great might succour us;

that whereas, through our sins and wickedness

we are grievously hindered

in running the race that is set before us,

your bountiful grace and mercy

may speedily help and deliver us;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honour and glory, now and for ever.

The Collect for the
First Sunday in Advent

Almighty God,

give us grace to cast away the works of darkness

and to put on the armour of light,

now in the time of this mortal life,

in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;

that on the last day,

when he shall come again in his glorious majesty

to judge the living and the dead,

we may rise to the life immortal;

through him who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.