December 26th, 2021

Jesus, Light of the World, we celebrate your birth! We share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the wisdom of the magi. “Gloria in the highest and peace to all on earth” our hearts sing out. Lord Jesus, by being born one of us, and lying humbly in a manger, you came to show us how to live and how to love. Let the light of your love always shine in our hearts, in our homes, in our land, and in your world.

God of peace, we pray for the world’s nations and their governments. We ask for peace and understanding between all nations. We pray for the churches of the world, leaders and congregations, as we enjoy freedom to worship. May we be a light in our communities, pointing toward your presence, your goodness, your grace.

Generous God, in this season of giving and receiving we can so easily overlook your gifts to us. Thank you for so many reasons to celebrate including family and friends near and far and your beautiful creation. Teach us to take care of our family relationships, friendships, and your world which you love and sustain.

Gracious God, we thank you for being with us in life’s trials. Draw us close and teach us to trust you more each day. Be especially near to all those who stand in need of healing, hope, or wholeness.  Surround our loved ones in long-term care.

We also pray for our Households of Faith…..  May each experience a special blessing this Christmas season. Keep each safe and well. We pray for safe travels.

We pray for all those suffering the effects of Covid, those ill at home or in hospital and those isolated, frightened, or alone. We pray for all who work in emergency and essential services who keep us safe and leaders charged with decision-making. Grant strength, deep compassion, and encouragement.

God of Comfort, be near the grieving who experience the loss of their loved ones even more deeply amidst the festivities and feasting.

Amidst this joyous season, grant us deep sensitivity for one another, as many carry pain that is unspoken. We give thanks that your son Jesus’ radiance filled a lowly manger and that through his suffering, death, and resurrection, you offer the gift of new life, hope, and resurrection new life.

Jesus Christ, a star guided the magi to your birth. Guide us as we continue to celebrate through this season of Christmas. Be present with us as we continue to celebrate your holy birth, as we experience the deeper meaning of your birth, as we return to fields and flocks, and as we treasure and ponder your coming. We offer all of our prayers in the name of Jesus. Amen.