December 25, 2018 – Christmas Day

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

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Prayers for December 25, 2018 – Christmas Day

With the words “A holy day has dawned upon us,” you are invited to respond: Hear our prayer.

In the dawning of the Word made flesh, we pray for the life of the church, the world, and all our brothers and sisters seeking justice and truth.

A moment of silence

For the body of Christ spread around the globe, spreading your message of compassion and generosity, we give our thanks. Your generosity abounds in waters and wetlands, dry lands and prairies, the creatures and plants that sustain our bodies and delight our spirits.

“A holy day has dawned upon us,”  Hear our prayer.

For the many and diverse nations and peoples, and the way in which they teach us to dance, sing, and celebrate in novel ways. Your bounty in imagination challenges us to create, to celebrate, and to conserve diversity in all things.

“A holy day has dawned upon us,”  Hear our prayer.

 For the struggles that are part and parcel of the human experience, we thank you and we beg your strength in bearing them. Our lives in this world are ones of difficulty and strife—and beauty and learning if we learn to lean into the hardships. We ask for sustenance for ourselves and for those we name aloud or in our hearts.

“A holy day has dawned upon us,”  Hear our prayer.

For our brothers and sisters of the book, for seekers and questioners, for sceptics and agnostics, we ask the blessing and blind-siding of mystery. Make the mystery of life so compelling that we all catch our breath and carry on in a new way.

“A holy day has dawned upon us,”  Hear our prayer.

For your model of creation and creativity that calls us all to take part—in how we live, in what we make, in what we take from the experiences life gives. Make us ever-mindful of the fullness of each moment, of the present which is all we can know of eternity.

“A holy day has dawned upon us,”  Hear our prayer.

For the eerie call of the moon of wintertime “when all the birds had fled,” we thank the native drumming that echoes the rhythms of our hearts. In our country especially, let us remember Gitche Manitou, the Great Spirit as recognized by our indigenous peoples. Bring us together in spite of our past into a blessed future.

“A holy day has dawned upon us,”  Hear our prayer.

For the many and varied ways Jesus comes to us at Christmas—as helpless infant, as Word incarnate, as personification of the hopes of a faithful people. May we find our angels to guide us toward the wisdom we need to live life abundantly.

“A holy day has dawned upon us,”  Hear our prayer.

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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