God, you are the source of our life and all creation,
and we your creatures praise you today.
Thank you for heaps of clouds,
their many colours of gray,
the way they drop crystals on our land,
blanketing us with white.
Thank you for the sounds of winter;
the echo of a train whistle,
the tick, tick, tick of icy crystals hitting the window,
the squishy sound of snow under under our boots.
Jesus, you are the centre of our life,
we want to follow in your footsteps,
placing each foot carefully in the place where you walked.
Your tracks leading straight to the place
where people are hurting
where people are hungry
where people are needing your help.
Too often we become lost in our own thoughts, our own lives,
and find that we’ve lost your track entirely.
Thank you for being with us even in lost places,
and leading us home.
Help our congregation to be a faithful church.
we want to live like you,
we want to live for others,
while still taking time alone to pray.
Today we pray for those who are walking through the cold winter of grief,
and those who face health challenges. [name specific people]
We pray especially today for people who are homeless,
who live under bridges or in cars or empty buildings,
and face the bitter cold with no warm place to go home to.
Help us to be open our hearts to their needs,
and bless the individuals and agencies
who are working to bring justice and hope.
Holy Spirit, as the snow blankets the earth,
you cover us with your love.
It is by your power that we live each day.
You are the hope that does not forsake us.
You are the peace that will be with us to the end.
Through the power of the Spirit,
we pray with humble, grateful hearts, Amen.