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Christmas Eve Service Prayers

by on December 28, 2011

OPENING PRAYER

Faithful God, your light has sustained generations of the faithful through darkness, despair, and confusion. Come and bless us by your Holy Spirit, as we gather to celebrate the Advent of the incarnate Light of Life, the birth of Christ, the Savior of the World. As Good News was proclaimed in the darkness of night, so speak your Word to us again tonight. As peace on earth was proclaimed to shepherds abiding their sheep on the hillsides, so grant your peace to us wherever we find ourselves residing this evening. As messengers proclaimed your favor to all creation, so may we rejoice in your favor upon us, for you have made us in your image, reconciled us in Christ, and are restoring us in his image by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.

CHRISTMAS PRAYER

Merciful and Compassionate God, the world in solemn stillness lays again this year on Christmas Eve, awaiting the culmination of your work in Christ. Again this year, we hear of war and rumors of war. We lay in wait of peace. Again this year, we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. We lay in wait of resurrection. Again this year, we labor under responsibilities that threaten to overwhelm us. We lay in wait of your grace. Again this year, our thoughts are shrouded in doubt. We lay in wait of your truth and guidance. Again this year, our spirits are laden with sin. We lay in wait of your deliverance.

We thank you, Strong Shepherd of our Souls, that we are not alone. Long had the world waited for the revelation you gave in Christ. From your first promise, embedded in our hearts, being created in your image, we have looked for your coming among us. We thank you that in Christ, are all your promises fulfilled, as, in him, are we. As you filled Mary with your Spirit, so fill us, and give new birth to Christ in our lives, and new birth to us in faith. Lord, please renew the face of the earth by the witness of all the faithful, as we rejoice in your presence, and in the reconciling work of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, and in the prayer we offer with the ascended Christ and all the saints, saying Our Father . . .

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