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Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126 or Luke 1:46b-55; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
Dear Lord, on this day, we pray for your guidance during this holy advent season. Help us feel the sacredness of this time through the preparation of our hearts and soul. It is often difficult to stay focused on the true meaning of Jesus’ birth. There are many distractions here at home and in the world. We ask that you continue to bring hope, joy, peace, and forgiveness to each of us, now and throughout the coming year. We turn to you and your Son, Jesus Christ, to reveal the ever-present light of your love and grace. Now as you taught us all to pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Lord, at this time of year our minds are full of so many things, some joyful and others humbling and yet others heartbreaking. To those who are sad and have had great loss, we ask that you comfort them with the Holy Spirit. For people who are hungry or homeless or just barely getting by, we ask for relief and shelter and food. For the joys of the season we praise you and ask that you show us the way to bring hope and good news to those who yearn to hear it. Guide the leaders of our country and the leaders the world over to set aside differences and distrust and find peaceful and just ways to solve problems. We thank you for the covenant you sealed in giving your Son to the world. Help us to bear witness to the love of Christ who taught us to pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.