Prayers for Christmas

Celebrating the coming of the One who brings the reign of God, we pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, Gracious God, and responding, Hear our prayer.

[Brief pause]

God who has come, open our mouths to sing your praise, and open our hands to share your love.  Gracious God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, you send your love into the world in the small, the insignificant, the hidden.  Give us eyes to see and hearts to welcome your presence.  Gracious God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, you have spoken yourself into our world in Jesus.  Give us ears to hear you speaking today.  Gracious God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, you invite us into a relationship of love, forgiveness and acceptance.  Give us a joyful desire to respond every day.  Gracious God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, you come precisely because of our lack of wholeness, our selfishness, our illness.  Show your love through the lives of your people as we struggle to serve those whom we name before you.
[Long Pause]
Gracious God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, your presence calls to our empty hearts, our damaged relationships, our broken souls.  Give us hope to trust your promise.  Gracious God,
Hear our prayer.

God who shines in the darkness, receive these prayers and the prayers of our hearts, in the name of the one who comes, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

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