The Life of Christmas Yet-to-Come (Isaiah 7:11-16 and Matthew 1:18-25)

Our world can often be the busiest and most stressful
in a season that should be full of joy and anticipation.
Remind us, Lord, that we need to take time to listen.
Remind us, to take time to be quiet, and to be still.
Open our hearts and eyes to your presence in our lives.

Ring Out Your Truth
Ring out our truth
Ring out your love
Reverberate in our lives
Come, Lord, come!

We can be conflicted people, God.
On one hand, we can focus too much on today’s busyness,
that we don’t plan for the future.
On the other hand, we can fixate on the future in fear
imagining all the terrible things that could happen
until we are frozen in fear.
Remind us, Lord, that you are always with us.
Fill us with your peace and remove our fears.
As you are always with us, we share that love and support
with those in our community who are hurting.
We ask that you be with those we name today, ___
and with those we have not named.

Ring Out Your Truth
Ring out our truth
Ring out your love
Reverberate in our lives
Come, Lord, come!

We know that the future is what we make it.
We move forward in confidence that you are with us
and we take your teachings with us as we move forward.
Remind us to live a life full of joy that we have you in our lives.
Remind us, as we prepare for a new year, to live a life of purpose.
Remind us, that we can be a miracle in someone else’s life.

Ring Out Your Truth
Ring out our truth
Ring out your love
Reverberate in our lives
Come, Lord, come!

In this season of preparation and anticipation,
remind us to take time to listen for you, Lord.
Remind us to take a few minutes to sit quietly and
to open ourselves to your teachings, to your peace.
Open our hearts to your presence and your grace.
And as we open ourselves to you, we lift up our words to you
in prayer, using the words your Son taught us,
“Our Father….”

We Have Choices (Matthew 1:18-25)

Father God, you gave us free will
which means we have choices to make in life.
Choices that are made publicly and sometimes in private.
Choices that make the world a better place
and choices that cause others pain.
We ask that you be with us, reminding us of your way,
as we make our choices in life.
Open our eyes to the impact that we have on others.
Remind us that our choice to act
and our choice not to act both have consequences.

Mother God, you give us love and grace freely.
We know that we are your children and that.
together we make up your church.
We join together here as one body, one people.
We make the choice to be here this Sunday
so that we can hear your word together,
so that we can support one another,
and so we can learn from each other.
As your children, we ask that you be with those among us
who need you the most. We name ___

Lord, we are waiting for your arrival.
As we wait, we are reminded that you came to us
to share in our lives, to be with us and to be one of us.
Open our hearts to your love and guidance.
Help us to see in your teachings the choices that you made,
the love that you acted out in deeds more than in words.
Help us to be more like you as we enter into the Christmas season.
Remind us of what we are truly waiting for and
what our celebration really means.
As Joseph and Mary followed God’s plan,
we ask that you use us to also fulfill that plan.
As we wait for your arrival,
we lift our hands up in anticipation and praise,
and we use the words that you taught us,
“Our Father…”