December 1st is World AIDS Day
We will be offering special prayers for the continuing need to find a cure, for medications to be readily available, for support for those living with this disease, and an opportunity for us to name those that we know who have died or are still fighting this disease.
Prayer of Hope
God of Hope
All of us are affected by HIV/AIDS.
At this time of Advent Hope,
As we prepare for the coming of your son into this world
We give thanks for signs of hope.
For growing understanding
For medical advances
For changing attitudes and behavior
For greater awareness and concern in your church.
God of Unity
Bind us together with strong ties of love
That this church community may be a place where
All can find acceptance,
May it be a place of welcome for all affected by HIV/AIDS.
May it be a place where care is given and received, especially
for affected children and youth,
Where stories are told and heard,
Where fear is overcome by love,
Where you are to be found. Amen.
Adapted from The Diakonia Council of Churches in South Africa