lead us in the ways of peace

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Our gracious, eternal God, we come before you today with gratitude.
Grant that we may also find within us the spirit of rejoicing.
Help us with Paul to “…rejoice in the Lord always.”

Walk with us though this advent season,
  transforming the thinking of our minds
  so that we might reflect the joy in the good news of the gospel.
You have made us new people.
In our behaviors may we demonstrate hope and triumph.
Release us from all negativity and defeatism
   and give us victory
   over all the principalities and power of earth.

We ask your care for our fragile world, O Prince of Peace.
Grant to all peoples the vision of a world made new.
Grant us the will to work for peace
   and to find alternative ways of resolving
   national and international conflict.
Grant to all people the will to refuse to take up arms
   and go to war.
Lead us in the ways of peace, O Prince of Peace.
Amen.

Richard J. Einerson, minister in the United Churches of Christ
Prayers of the People (slightly modified)

_________________

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.

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