Monday, December 25
O Blessed Hope, Come
Titus 2:11-13 For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all . . . awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
O Blessed Hope, Come~
As we celebrate and remember
how Christ, our Savior,
was born on Christmas day,
Blessed are You, Holy One,
who has fulfilled our hope of salvation.
Through the birth, the life,
the death and the resurrection of your child,
you have redeemed your people.
May we live this day and every day
making the joy of Jesus’ presence
real in this world
by bringing hope, peace, joy and love to all.
May you and your loved ones
experience the fullness of Christ’s presence this Christmas Season
and God’s peace in your hearts as you enter the New Year.
Sunday, December 24
Prayer for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
O God of Love, Come~
On this the last Sunday of Advent,
as the new day dawns,
may we remember how your birth
lit the darkness of the world
with the gift of salvation,
the joy of a promise fulfilled.
Abide with us now and always.
Shine your light in our hearts
so that we may know your presence,
witness your faithfulness,
and believe in your abiding
love for us.
We ask this through Christ,
our Savior and our love.
Saturday, December 23
O Emmanuel, Come
Psalm 89:21, 24 My hand shall always remain with [David], my arm also shall strengthen him . . . My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him . . .
O Emmanuel, Come~
Ransom all those held captive
by loneliness, hopelessness, despair.
Give us faith to trust that you are with us,
that you come to us,
that you abide with us,
that you will never leave us.
You are God with us, our Emmanuel.
Be born in our world today and always
through our words, through our deeds,
through our lives,
as we seek both to receive and to live out
your steadfast love here on earth.
Friday, December 22
O King of All Nations, Come
Luke 1:33 “Jesus will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of that reign there will be no end.”
O King of All Nations, Come~
Bind all peoples in one heart and mind.
Connect us to you and to each other,
that we may see our bonds
rather than our divisions.
Unite us into a worldwide family,
filled with care and compassion
for one another.
Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease
as you reign over us
and fill the world
with your love and your peace.
Thursday, December 21
O Radiant Dawn, Come
Luke 1:46b-47 My soul magnifies the Most High, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. . .
O Radiant Dawn, Come~
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
on this winter solstice, the darkest day.
Spark the embers of our hearts
that they may ignite and magnify you,
that they may break forth into a blaze of
love and compassion.
Ignite within our souls
songs of rejoicing and promise
that carry a melody of hope
to those in despair.
Make us joyful conduits of
your burning love for the world.
Wednesday, December 20
O Key of David, Come
Romans 16:25-26 Now to God who is able to strengthen you . . . according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed . . . be the glory.
O Key of David, Come~
Open wide our heavenly home
and open wide our earthly hearts.
Reveal to us the mystery
of your love for all people.
Fill us with understanding toward
those whom we fear,
those whom we dislike,
those whom we distrust.
Unlock the gates we have secured
against new ideas, against challenging views,
against truths we do not want to face.
Free us from our self-imposed prisons
to live in the love and freedom of your realm.
Tuesday, December 19
O Flower of Jesse’s Stem, Come
2 Samuel 7:8 . . . thus you shall say to my servant David: “Thus says the God of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel.”
O Flower of Jesse’s Stem, Come~
Grant us trust in your mighty power to save through the most unlikely of ways.
Long ago you led your servant David
from the pasture to the palace,
from shepherd to king.
You see beyond our lives as they are
to the possibilities that can be.
Inspire us to believe in your vision for us,
to live into our potential,
and to trust that you will guide us into becoming
all that you lovingly created us to be.
Monday, December 18
O Lord of Ancient Israel, Come
Psalm 89:1-2a I will sing of your steadfast love, O God, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. For your steadfast love was established forever . . .
O Lord of Ancient Israel, Come~
Your people proclaim how in ancient times
you gave holy law from on high,
and steadfast love on earth.
When our faith wavers, remind us
of all the times you have been faithful,
of all the blessings and love
you have bestowed upon us,
throughout our lives and our sacred history.
Your faithfulness has sustained us
from generation to generation,
from ancient times to everlasting.
Make us joyful witnesses to
your constant presence and abiding love.
Sunday, December 17
Prayer for the Third Sunday of Advent
O God of our Joy, Come~
O God of Wisdom, Come~
Order all things far and nigh,
and show us the path of knowledge,
of justice, of love.
Teach us your way of compassion
as you call us forth
to feed those who are hungry,
to warm those who are cold,
to heal those who are broken-hearted.
May we embrace and answer with joy
our call to be your servants
of goodwill here on earth.
Give us wisdom, courage and strength
as you light our way to creating
a more just and peaceful world.
We ask this through Christ,
our Savior and our joy.
Saturday, December 16
O Light in the Darkness, Come
John 1:8 John was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.
O Light in Darkness, Come~
Shine in our dark streets
with your everlasting light.
When we encounter those
who experience darkness in their lives,
may we extend to them
light to cast away the gloom,
warmth to overcome the cold,
patience and understanding
to see them through the night
of their despair.
May the spark of your love
burn joyfully and passionately
in our hearts and through our lives,
inviting others into its warmth and light.