Category Archives: Prayers

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A Prayer for Christmas Eve

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“In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see– I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth 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 heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!'”
(Luke 2:8-14 NRS).


Lord,

We your people of Advent,

Those who await your Second Coming recall your first.

You came to us in the form of innocence,

And that form you would keep;

For you would commit no sin.

You grew in wisdom and grace into the adult that spoke divine truth in love.

As we remember your humble beginning,

May we reflect upon our own:

People called out from sin and death, unworthy and unrepentant.

But then your grace touched our beings, and our eyes were opened.

We repented, and claimed your salvation for ourselves.

Who we are and the good we have done in your name,

All goes back to the babe in Bethlehem.

Born in the night and birthed in lowly circumstances,

You give all people hope that we can rise above our means,

And truly become disciples of the Risen Christ.

May you continue to bring hope at the recollection of your birth.

Let us renew our faithfulness to you and our new birth by water and the Spirit.

Until all people gather to honor and worship you at your triumphant return,

We make room in our hearts,

And raise you to glory with our lives.

Amen.

A Prayer While We Wait

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Be patient with us, O Lord,

While we wait.

Extend your gracious patience to us,

And help us to bear the passage of time.

We are waiting for justice,

For peace,

For reconciliation,

For restoration,

And we wait for the return of Christ.

Then all things will come to closure,

And all will be made right, as you intended it to be.

We yearn for the completion of what you began in the empty tomb.

Your people groan for the end of suffering,

The eradication of death,

The cessation of sickness,

And the last tear to fall forever more.

So we wait, and not with idleness,

But with action, for there is love to give,

Blessings to share.

Help us to be those who anticipate the coming of the Kingdom,

Those who live with eternal gratitude,

Embodied in our words and actions,

Deeds and doings.

Let us be the ones who ease the pain of waiting for others.

We need your strength to persevere.

We entrust ourselves into your care,

Giving thanks for the glory to come.

Amen.

A Prayer of New Beginning

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The day unfolds, Almighty God,

And we can sense the newness of this moment.

You, who makes all things new, are creating, innovating in us.

Let our lives be canvases,

So that others may see your majesty and know your love.

Transformation is change,

But through your constancy, we have nothing to fear.

May our voices rise to heaven in worship.

The sounds of our music permeate the veil,

And all creation will resound with cries of adoration.

Redemption emerges from the depths of our sinfulness.

We have been bought back from death.

Help us live as people of new beginning,

And invite others to discover its riches.

All for your honor and glory.

All for your praise.

In love and thanksgiving, we pray.

Amen.

A Prayer from Broken Vessels

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Come, fill your people, O God.

We are fractured, broken.

Yet you are able, capable of repairing that which has been shattered by sin.

Fill in the fissures,

That we can hold your love.

Restore us from this fallen state.

We were created to reflect you, our Creator in all your glory.

So your people cry out, calling for your grace.

Let us eat the Bread of Heaven.

May we drink the Living Water, and thirst no more.

Let the offering of Christ himself seal us,

And break the power of sin in and over us.

Remold us for your holy purpose, fit us to your will.

We are those who shall bear Christ.

We are those who shall testify with every breath.

As it is in heaven, so may it be on earth,

All honor and glory, given to you.

In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit we pray.

Amen.

Cries from the Streets: A Prayer

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O Lord, Master of all that is,

The streets are filled with violence;

They are paved with blood.

People gather there to rage against the same society that built the roads.

We cry out over the injustice of this world.

We mourn the loss of human life because of human sin.

We yearn for another way, a path of peace,

But that street is not paved.

It is difficult, and rough to traverse.

It is surrounded in darkness, and only the path itself is illuminated.

Help us be bold enough to walk in the light of Christ;

To tread by faith alone.

As the hatred in human hearts grows,

The ripple effects of the evil we birth in the world expand ever outward.

Only through your mercy and our faith,

Can we overcome, triumph over the darkness that consumes.

Let the lessons of love from Christ’s own lips be on ours,

And embedded in our hearts.

May our street be cleansed through grace,

And may we turn the tide of anger and wrath.

There is great injustice, and the victims’ cries rise to the heavens.

Send us as vessels of your comfort, and conduits of your change.

Until Christ comes again to complete the transformation of this world,

We, your people and children, shall labor for you.

Bless our work, that we may serve you as you will.

Amen.

A Prayer from the Midst of the Struggle

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Out of the raging storm, I cry out to you, O God.

Hear my fears, respond to my concerns.

All around me are obligations, conflicts and needs.

I struggle to stay grounded, keep my feet on the floor.

There is this up-welling of anxiety,

And then I remember your peace.

It comes from trust in you,

And the grace of the cross.

No matter what I do, nothing can separate me from you.

In the midst of my struggles, you are here.

On my darkest day, you are the light that illuminates in hope.

Help me to hold fast to you.

Let this assurance of your grace keep me buoyant when I feel I’m sinking.

No matter what comes, with you, I can overcome.

In deepest gratitude, I will sing your praises,

Even when I am afraid, even when I am concerned.

You are what keeps me going,

And because of you, I will go on.

Amen.

A Prayer to be Vessels of Edification

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Christ, the foundation of our faith,

The cornerstone of Christendom,

Rebuild your Church from the inside.

Reshape us, molding us into those who serve first,

And are edified in our service.

Teach us your ways of building up others.

Forgive us when our words tear down,

When we are quick to berate.

Grant us your grace to grow and discover our place,

Upholding your Gospel of truth and love.

Eradicate our sinful desire for our own glory,

So that we can more fully give glory to you.

May others come to know your transforming love through us,

And discover that all are invited to embrace this grace.

Until the entire earth rings with your praise,

We will plow the fields and search out the lost of your flock.

Give us the perseverance to stay the course.

All honor for your mighty acts and to your sacred name.

Amen.