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Prayer: A conversation with The Higher Other who lives within each of us. An invitation to vent, to re-think, to ask, and to rest.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Prayers of and for All People ~ Christmas

 
     Holy Creator, the time is here!  We each carry the fertile seed, the Divine Spark within us ~ Male, Female, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jew, Atheist, Agnostic, Oblivious, Naughty, or Nice.  We tend, nurture, anticipate or ignore, abuse, deny that innermost part of ourselves. Yet the time is NOW to push into the unknown ~ painfully, frighteningly, but with great excitement to have the experience of our own birth as a New Creation.  What was is gone.  As with infants, we move into new light, new sound, uncertainty, anxiety, and new opportunities.  We are also called as part of the Good Tidings of Great Joy that is Christ the Lord! Let the Joy and Peace of now begin with me and let me, with you, carry it forward into this Day, into our lives, into all the Earth. Hallelujah!
 

Prayers of the People – Year A
Christmas Eve Readings:  Is 9:2-7, Ps 96, Titus 2:11-14, Lk 2:1-14 (15-20)
Christmas Day Readings: Is 52:7-10, Ps 98, Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12), John 1:1-14
 
Leader:  O God of Light, at last Your Child is born for us, our Messiah who is Christ the Lord!

 
Response: ~ Glory to God in the highest heaven, and Peace on Earth to us all.
 
O God of Light, Your Promise is fulfilled, Your Word is made Flesh – our Good News of Great Joy is among us!
 
 
~ Glory to God in the highest heaven, and Peace on Earth to us all.
 
O God of Light, we, Your people have walked in darkness and now we see the Great Light of Christ!
 
~ Glory to God in the highest heaven, and Peace on Earth to us all.

 
O God of Light, You have assured us that our Messiah will judge the world with righteousness and we, His peoples, with His truth. Help us to choose leaders of our government who will do the same. Give us the courage to be proactive and stand up for those who live under oppressive regimes.  We pray in earnest for all of those who govern in our names.

 
~ Glory to God in the highest heaven, and Peace on Earth to us all.
 
O God of Light, You give us One named Wonderful Counselor this night and we ask Him for the grace of healing for those among us who are ill, and for those who give them care. 

 
 ~ Glory to God in the highest heaven, and Peace on Earth to us all.

 
O God of Light, in the midst of our joy at the birth of our long-awaited Messiah, we mourn and miss our precious loved ones who have passed through this life to live again in Your everlasting Peace.  

 
~ Glory to God in the highest heaven, and Peace on Earth to us all.
 
O God of Light, our eyes are wide and sparkling with the excitement of the New Birth which is also new birth for ourselves.  Enchant the leaders of Your Church, Your Shepherds in the fields, with renewed wide-eyed wonder of the miracle of Your Love and remind them of their role in guiding us as Co-Creators with You. 
 
 
~ Glory to God in the highest heaven, and Peace on Earth to us all.
 
The Celebrant adds:  Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, welcome to our lives and to Your world. Let us each experience the depth of the pangs and the height of the joy of Your birth in our souls.   Anoint us with the oil of gladness in our hearts so that our lives reflect the imprint of Your Being in every thought, prayer, and action.  AMEN.
  
 

 
 
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