Thursday, November 26
O Generous Bestower, Come
1 Corinthians 1:5-7 In every way you were enriched in Christ . . .
so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift.
O Generous Bestower, Come~
Your compassion is infinite,
your blessings boundless,
your mercies immeasurable.
Open our hearts wide in gratitude
for your wondrous gifts,
your abundant goodness, your extravagant love.
Make us aware of all the times
you have saved us,
all the ways you have healed us,
all the people and acts through which
your presence has been revealed to us.
May our recognition of and gratitude for
all your generous giving fill us with hope,
inspiring us to be a source
of blessing and healing to others.
Wednesday, November 25
O Restorer of Lives, Come
Psalm 80:3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
O Restorer of Lives, Come~
Grant us renewed hope.
We have all experienced loss in some way:
loss of loved ones,
loss of hopes and dreams,
loss of direction or security,
loss of health or vitality of youth,
loss of trust,
loss of relationship.
When the grief seems unbearable,
when the longing for the past feels over-powering,
restore us, save us from despair, grant us hope.
Give us vision to see fresh possibilities,
courage to embrace a different future
and restoration of faith and trust in you.
Tuesday, November 24
O Guiding Shepherd, Come
Psalm 80:1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock.
O Guiding Shepherd, Come~
Remind us that as we journey through life, you venture just ahead of us.
We do not know what will come our way
over the next mountain,
around the next bend,
across the next bridge.
Free us from fear of the next step
and enable us to trust in the hope
that wherever we journey,
you are already there,
so we never travel alone.
Encourage us, abide with us,
and grant us your peace.
Monday, November 23
O Life–Shaping Potter, Come
Isaiah 64:8b We are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
O Life-Shaping Potter, Come~
Mold us into your Advent people
as we make ready for the coming of Christ.
Empty us of all that would block us from
receiving your healing grace.
Form us into empty vessels so that
every heart would prepare him room,
every mind would clear him space,
every soul would welcome him in.
Pour into us the balm of your
hope, peace, joy and love
as we journey towards the celebration
of your Child’s birth.
Wednesday, December 25
O Savior, Come
Luke 2:10 And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for I bring you good news of a great joy which will be to all the people; for to you is born this day . . . a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
O Savior, Come~
Save us from our sins,
from all the ways we have failed you,
from all that we have failed to do.
Save us from our selfishness,
from all that we want
Save us from our loneliness,
from our doubts that you are with us.
Save us from aimless wandering,
from our apathy and sin.
As we celebrate your coming into the world,
may your gift of salvation be born anew in us
this day and every day.
Tuesday, December 24
O Child of Mary, Come
Luke 2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn child, whom she wrapped in bands of cloth and laid in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
O Child of Mary, Come~
as you did so long ago.
Our hearts can scarcely take in
the love that you have shown us.
You desired a communion with us.
You desired to know us, and for us to know you.
In love you came as one of us,
to feel human joy, love, anger and fear,
to experience hunger, thirst, comfort, and pain,
to endure disgrace, rejection, and
a violent death for our sake.
For this, your greatest gift to us,
we join with the angels
and praise your holy name.
Monday, December 23
O Emmanuel, Come
Titus 3:4-6 When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, we were saved . . . in virtue of God’s mercy . . . which God poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior. . .
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 goodness, our loving,
as we seek both to receive and to live out
your steadfast love here on earth.
Sunday, December 22
Prayer for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
O Come, God of Love; O Come, King of All Nations~
On this the last Sunday of Advent,
we seek to find love
as we join our hearts and voices
with those across the world,
across time and space.
We rejoice in the fulfillment
of your promise of salvation
and celebrate the birth of your child.
May our reflections, our prayers,
our words and our actions
bring your love into this world.
Give us the wisdom, courage and strength to birth your love
on this earth once again.
In the name of Jesus, our Love,
Saturday, December 21
O Radiant Dawn, Come
Psalm 80:3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
O Radiant Dawn, Come~
Our hearts long for the light on this,
the darkest day of the year.
The night looms long and difficult.
Our worries overwhelm us,
our anxiety is intensified,
our uncertainties loom ever-larger.
Hold us tightly, tenderly
when the dawn comes
with the promise of light,
the promise of a new day.
As we start anew each morning
trusting in your mercy and love,
make your face shine upon us
and your light shine within us,
that we may serve you with gladness this day.
Friday, December 20
O Key of David, Come
Psalm 80:17 But let your hand be upon the one at your side, the one whom you made strong for yourself.
O Key of David, Come~
You, who are at God’s side,
you have unlocked and
opened the gates of heaven.
Unlock our hearts as well,
setting us free from resentment
and unforgiveness toward others,
setting us free from our own sins
through your mercy.
Close and lock the doors
on a past we cannot change,
and guide us as we walk your path.
Free us from hatred and ill-will
that we may serve your people with love.