Prayer from Psalm 23

Lord, be my Shepherd.
Provide, lead, guide, show me the way to rest and to life.
Lord, be my Shepherd.
When I walk through the darkest valley, take away my fear.
Protect me with your rod and staff.
Lord, be the host at this table.
Set a seat for me right in front of my enemies.
Fill my cup, overflowing abundance and generosity.
Lord, be the host at this table.
Welcome me to your house, to be with you, and to live forever in goodness and steadfast love.  Amen.
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Prayer based on the Ethiopian Eunuch

God was not ashamed to love me.
He loved so deeply with the waters of my baptism.
He loved so fully with good news of salvation.
Jesus didn’t mind that I was different.
Jesus didn’t cast me out 
but embraced me as a part of his creative diversity.
Come, Spirit, come!
Fill us with this unashamed love.
Come, Spirit, come!
Lead us to share.
Come, Spirit, come!
Let us be your witness.  Amen.
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Advent Candles Lighting 2017

LIGHTING THE HOPE CANDLE

 

This year has been devastating…

Wildfires, hurricanes, shootings, turmoil

It would be so easy to give in to apathy,

to let our hearts grow dark with despair.

But there is a light shining in the darkness.

(the candle is lit)

A single candle, a small voice, a still reminder…

Hope.

Hope in the Word proclaimed by the prophets.

Hope.

Hope in the Promise of Emmanuel.

Hope.

Hope in the birth of our Savior.

Hope.

 

LIGHTING THE LOVE CANDLE

 

She places a hand on her belly to feel the kicking from within as they journey down the road toward Bethlehem…

a Babe will be born, a Savior will arrive, Love will come down.

The lost world pushes on drudgingly, slaves to a never ending care-less-ness.

It would be so easy to give in to apathy,

But there is a light shining in the cold winter.

(the candles are lit)

A simple hope, a wonderful gift…

Love.

Love nurtured by a Mother’s embrace…

Love.

Love shared from the Father’s strength…

Love.

Love in the birth of our Savior.

Love.

 

LIGHTING THE JOY CANDLE

 

Cheerless faces marching in the land of misery…

Chained to our desires, held captive by our regrets, slaves to our brokenness.

It would be so easy to give in to apathy,

to let our hearts grow deaf, our open lips mute with pain.

But there is a song shining in the silence.

(the candles are lit)

A simple hope, the gift of love, a song of joy…

Joy.

Joy brought the Angel’s song to the shepherds.

Joy.

Joy inspired the Wise to follow their starry dreams.

Joy.

Joy in the birth of our Savior.

Joy.

 

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE

 

War affects more than those who are fighting.

Men, women, children, babies, refugees.

Turning a blind eye, pretending it isn’t our problem,

It would be so easy to give in to apathy.

But there is a light shining in the night.

(the candles are lit)

A simple hope, the gifts of love, a song of joy, the peace of Christ…

Peace.

Peace born in a prince lain in a manger.

Peace.

Peace waging in our hearts, seeking justice, offering mercy.

Peace.

Peace in the birth of our Savior.

Peace.

 

LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE

 

(all the advent candles are lit)

She gives him a nod; he realizes it is time,

There is no room in the inn.

It would be so easy to give in to the apathy that surrounds them,

Yet they don’t give up, pressing on to the stable.

Light is born in the darkness.  A child is born unto you.

(the Christ candle is lit)

A simple hope, the gift of love, a song of joy, the peace of Christ…

His name is Jesus.

Wonderful, Counselor,

He is Emmanuel – God with us.

Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,

He is the Christ child.

Amen.

Sheep Prayer

Good Shepherd,

Listen to your sheep as we baa…

Hear our calls of praise – you are God, you are our Shepherd.

Hear our songs of thanks – you lead us, you save us, you give us all we need

And hear our dirges of woe

-we need you Jesus

-we need your touch on hearts that are crying in greif

-we need your hand to calm our anxious fears and doubts

-we need you, Lord, how we need you!

 

Good Shepherd, send your Spirit to be your rod and staff upon our lives.

-protect us

-direct us

-and help us build the Kingdom you desire

-help us desire the kingdom you are building

All as we pray… our Father…

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