Sunday, December 16
Prayer for the Third Sunday of Advent
O Come, God of our Joy ~
Summon us to attend to your voice,
open us to receive your grace,
remind us to embrace
your abiding presence
each and every moment of our lives.
Expand and grow our understanding
of others’ differences,
our compassion for the poor,
our gratitude for all your blessings.
Cleanse us with your grace,
and shower us with your love,
that our joy may be full,
and that our lives would flow
with healing and light for all your children.
We ask this through Christ
our Savior and our Joy.
Saturday, December 15
O Attender of Prayers, Come
Philippians 4:6 Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
O Attender of Prayers, Come~
Give ear to our deepest desires,
our heartfelt confessions,
our paralyzing fears,
our raging anger,
our profound gratitude.
We praise you for the privilege
of coming before you just as we are,
and being welcomed into your heart
with everything we carry.
Join with us in our joys,
companion us in our sorrows,
calm us in our anxieties,
and abide with us through our doubts,
as we trust you to lovingly attend
to every one of our prayers.
Friday, December 14
O Exultant Song-Giver, Come
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory, who will rejoice over you with gladness, who will renew you in God’s love, and will exult over you with loud singing.
O Exultant Song-Giver, Come~
Renew us in your love.
Make our hearts sing
as we rejoice with you in gladness
and glorify your name with exuberant voice.
Refresh our hearts
with love, blessing and adoration for you.
For your faithfulness to us in the past,
for your steadfast love of us in the moment,
for your abiding presence with us
with joyful hearts
we lift to you our exultant songs of praise.
Thursday, December 13
O Burner of Chaff, Come
Luke 3:17 With winnowing fork in hand, that one will clear the threshing floor, and gather the wheat into the granary, but will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire.
O Burner of Chaff, Come~
In your wisdom and mercy
Clear the chaff from our lives.
Burn away the desire for the material,
the pursuit of the ultimately insignificant,
the self-righteousness of our judgments,
the vanity of our entitlement.
Sweep out excess ego and
Leave us with
the life-giving, nourishing, sustaining wheat
of your love, mercy and compassion
that our joy may be full.
Wednesday, December 12
O Well of Salvation, Come
Isaiah 12:3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
O Well of Salvation, Come~
Our souls thirst for you.
We are parched from the relentless noise, demands, and stresses of our lives.
Give us living water for our thirst,
salve for our woundedness,
calm for our anxiousness.
Touch us to our core,
and satisfy our longing.
Quench our dryness
with your profound quiet, calm,
peace and comfort,
that we might once again know
the joy of your presence,
and the depths of your saving grace.
Tuesday, December 11
O Uplifter of the Outcast, Come
Zephaniah 3:19b And I will save the one who is lame, and gather the one who is outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth.
O Uplifter of the Outcast, Come~
Give us a heart for the oppressed, the poor,
the refugee, the outcast, the immigrant.
Compel us to care,
to change our attitudes
towards those in need:
from blame to compassion,
from ostracization to companionship,
from pity to solidarity.
May we look upon all your children
with respect and dignity,
and may we seek to lift them up,
and to serve them until they know
security, safety, and joy in their lives.
Monday, December 10
O Surpassing Understanding, Come
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
O Surpassing Understanding, Come~
Into our limited minds
pour out your wisdom.
Grant us a spirit of humility
as we seek to discern your truth.
Lead us to uncomfortable places
and difficult conversations,
that our minds may be stretched
and our spirits expanded.
Give us courage to admit
that we may be wrong,
humbleness to acknowledge
that we may not know,
and joy to discover
new and surprising truths.
Sunday, December 9
Prayer for the Second Sunday of Advent
O Come, God of Peace~
Come and transform our lives.
Save us from turmoil and strife,
from judgment and hatred.
Open us to your compassion,
and teach us your wisdom.
Light our way,
and lead us in your paths
of righteousness and peace.
Live in us that we may make real your love
for all your children
throughout the world
We ask this through Christ,
our Savior and our Peace.
Saturday, December 8
O Gatherer of Children, Come
Baruch 5:5b . . . look toward the east, and see your children gathered from west and east, at the word of the Holy One, rejoicing that God has remembered them.
O Gatherer of Children, Come~
Bring us together as your children all,
from the west and from the east,
from the north and from the south.
From all the corners of the earth
gather us into true community
to hear each others’ stories,
to respect and appreciate differences,
to seek peace.
As your children, we rejoice
that you know, love and remember
each one of us,
as you also do all your other children.
Out of this love and unity,
may we treat all people in this world
as our brothers and sisters.
Friday, December 7
O Tender Daybreak, Come
Luke 1:78-79 By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in the night and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
O Tender Daybreak, Come~
Let your mercy dawn on this world.
Break into the shadows
of hatred, of despair,
of loneliness and fear.
Caress our hardened hearts
with the soft touch of your mercy.
Illumine our judgmental minds
with the glow of compassion.
Shine in our shadowed corners
with shafts of your glimmering light
that we might radiate your peace
into this world.