Join us at 8.00am or 9.45am this Sunday for a very special service:

Bible readings Matthew 11:2-11; James 5:7-10; Psalm 146.  View the service details in planning centre. It's better to join us in person, but if you can't, you can also join us online

 

Third Sunday of Advent

Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God.’ Isaiah 35.3–4 

 
Prayer of the Day

O God, with the power of your love

on our journey to meet the One who is coming:

strengthen our weak hands,

make firm our feeble knees,

and open blind eyes to the dawning of your kingdom,

so that our hearts may rejoice

as we behold the majesty of our God.

We ask this through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

 

Prayer of the Week

Almighty God,

you have made us and all things to serve you:

come quickly to save us,

so that wars and violence shall end

and your children may live in peace,

honouring one another with justice and love;

through Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord,

who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

 

For the World 

We pray for the people of the Ukraine and her families. We pray that you light their hearts and their paths as they suffer blackouts after attacks from their oppressors. We pray for the safety of all Ukranian men, women and children. We pray for the safety of their food and their homes. We pray for the sustained generosity of the global community, so that those living in certainty can provide for the Ukranians who are not.  

 

For Australia 

We pray for the communities suffering flash floods and other improbable weather events. Today we bring before you the people of Eugowra Lord. We are sorrowed to hear of their sudden and unpredictable loss at the hands of a rare flooding event. We pray for the communities spirit in the face of loss. We pray for Australian’s generosity so the community may return to a stable life regardless of the loss. We pray for all communities suffering from these extreme expressions of nature Lord.  

 

For the Community 

We give thanks Lord for our local charity shops and food relief stores that ensure all people in our community have something to enjoy at Christmas. We pray that these good organizations find all the resources they need are readily available from our local hands, hearts and minds, such that they can provide for a good Christmas for all.  

We also pray and hold near to our hearts the sick and suffering people in our own parish. We pray for Shirley, for Ian, for Frances and for Glen. May their challenges be light over the special season ahead.