"And as always when we come to scripture, God will speak if we allow ourselves to hear."
–Mary Lou Redding
Advent is a season that means ‘coming.’ It’s the season when, as we do every year, we wait (sometimes not so patiently) for the arrival of Christ—as a child and as a newly coming king that will transform all of creation into the fullness of the kingdom of God. These are awe-inspiring gifts to anticipate, and yet, every year, we struggle to approach the story of Christ’s incarnation as though it has something new to tell us. Perhaps this year, as we allow these prayer suggestions to guide us, our hearts will become the slightest bit more open to experiencing the presence of Christ. Perhaps, our eyes will notice how the kingdom of God is bursting in slowly all around us. And perhaps, our ears will be tuned more closely to the frequency of God’s voice. As we share together the worship series, the Voices of Christmas, may all of our voices and hearts of prayer be joined as one with Christ at the center, as we freshly experience Christ’s coming.
Ideas for prayer are shared from the church leadership for each day of the year. Feel free to add additional prayers that come to your mind and heart for people and situations in our local church, The United Methodist Church, the global church, and the wider world.
Let us pray for….
Those who lost their homes in the California fires
Your baptismal vows
Hannah Jacobs, Camp Hill UMC Intern
Children receiving gifts through the Angel Tree
Family Promise Volunteers
Those in the midst of divorce
Children attending the Family Christmas Event
Babies being baptized today
Those who struggle with depression and anxiety
Unified Leadership Council Members
Rev. Dr. Jack Grove, Camp Hill UMC’s Minister of New Members
Those who are lonely
The persecuted church
2019 Confirmation Class
Camp Hill UMC Missionaries
A mind of discernment
Participants in the 55Plus Luncheon
Employees of the Little Black Dress
Band of Brothers
The Cambodian Church worshiping at Camp Hill UMC
All attending Christmas Eve worship
Those who celebrate alone today
Openness to the Holy Spirit’s guidance
Camp Hill UMC Bad Girls
Kayt Hughes, Camp Hill UMC’s Director of Student Ministries
A hunger for studying the gospel
Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven