December 24, 2018 – Christmas Eve

 The following prayers have been adapted for congregational use by Rebecca Garber

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Prayers for December 24, 2018 – Christmas Eve

         With the words “May our hearts be full of good news of great joy,” you are invited to respond: Alleluia. Emmanuel. Alleluia.

Our hearts full of the great light come into our darkness, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all who wish to stand in the light of full humanity.

A moment of silence

Holy Child of Bethlehem, you are with us, before us, and behind us—and we celebrate you. You lead us and follow us, stand at our left and at our right. You are beneath and above us; you are in us.

“May our hearts be full of good news of great joy,”  Alleluia. Emmanuel. Alleluia.

Wee boy of a ramshackle manger, show us that we need not be defined by humble beginnings or traumas past and present. You light our way, the Word that was with God, was God, and is God now and forevermore.

“May our hearts be full of good news of great joy,”  Alleluia. Emmanuel. Alleluia.

Long-awaited Messiah, leader of our hearts, warm us with a boundless love that makes a rainbow of the turning, twisting colours of our days. Help us to see in the light of Christmas the full spectrum of colour that enriches our nights and days.

“May our hearts be full of good news of great joy,”  Alleluia. Emmanuel. Alleluia.

Prince of Peace, help us to hang on to your hand, your vision, in a world that makes a mockery of peace and tranquility. Holding your hand, we claim the courage to be agents of change—demanding by example and action a world of greater safety and security for more and more people. We lift up in our hearts the those people and concerns that weigh upon us this night.

“May our hearts be full of good news of great joy,”  Alleluia. Emmanuel. Alleluia.

Author of hope and change, shake up our expectations that we see our days and our lives in a new life where joy is possible. May we light one hundred candles, a thousand candles, in the dark nights ahead, so that darkness never can prevail.

“May our hearts be full of good news of great joy,”  Alleluia. Emmanuel. Alleluia.

Holy Child, you make Marys of us all—faithful ones bearing new life, new ways of being, because we believe in the profound humanity more powerful than raucous feasting for its own sake. Bless our feasting and festivities with holy fire.

“May our hearts be full of good news of great joy,”  Alleluia. Emmanuel. Alleluia.

God of eternity, you are as beautiful and complex as a butterfly wing, as mysterious as weather moving in from the sea and mountains. Bless us with the time and the mindset to know what it is to be still and know that you are God.

“May our hearts be full of good news of great joy,”  Alleluia. Emmanuel. Alleluia.

Christmas has come, Christmas will come again, Christmas will live in our hearts. In the name of the babe whose name is Jesus. AMEN.

 

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