Christmas Prayer

Nativity
Art by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Father of all mercy,

Thank you for sending Jesus Christ into our world

while we were yet sinners (Rom 5:8).

Though our world was filled with darkness,

you sent us light to overcome this darkness (Gen 1:3; Luke 1:4).

You and you alone have given us faith, hope, dignity, and an example of love.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

restore in us the joy of your creation,

as you did that day with the birth of a baby,

In the name Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen.

Christmas Prayer

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Christmas Prayer

christmas_tree_2016Heavenly Father,

We give thanks for your special presence with us at Christmas

when you came to us, abided with us, suffered with us,

and made us members of your family.

Such a gift! Such a surprise! So underserving!

We confess that we desperately need youthe light of the world.

Lights on a tree, lights in the yard, lights in the mall, all pall against your light.

Let us not forget; leave us not alone; be ever nearer each passing day.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, help us to look around us each and every day and extend your light even further.

Through Jesus’ special name, Amen.

 

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Prayer for Those in Pain

wedding-009Heavenly Father,

Prepare our hearts, oh Lord, for the coming holidays when we

must face that empty chair,

must answer questions that intrude too much,

and much remember events from the past that refuse to be history.

Turn down the lights a bit,

Let the old music play bit more gently,

Give me some space when I seem a bit distant.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

Remind me, oh Lord, of your love in Christmas lights.

Shelter me in your arms again.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

 

 

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Advent Prayer

Nativity
Art by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Compassionate and Merciful Lord,

We approach your throne of grace in the advent season with heavy hearts,

confident that the Christ child will soon arrive and

equally confident that we will not be ready.

Have mercy on us.

Forgive our sins this year,

sins knowingly committed,

sins committed in your full view,

though we cannot forgive ourselves so easily.

Have mercy on us.

Open our hearts none the less,

to those less fortunate than us,

those whose children may be hungry,

and that may not yet be our neighbors.

Have mercy on us.

Prepare us for the arrival of your son,

yet a child, unwanted, unknown to the world.

Through the power of your Holy Spirit, heal our wounds,

visible and hidden,

that joy might return,

when you come.

In Jesus precious name, Amen.

 

Advent Prayer

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Christmas Story from Luke 2:1-20, English Standard Version

Nativity_12212013In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

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