Evening Prayers for the Christmas season

by Christine Sine

For those who love to both begin and end the day with prayer particularly during this season here are the prayers that we will be using over the next few weeks

Evening Christmas liturgy

Let we join in the dance of God this night,

And sing our praises to Christ our Saviour.

Let us celebrate the joy of Christ’s birth,

And shout aloud: Emmanuel, God is with us!

Pause to light the Christ candle and remind yourself of the many names by which Christ is known in the Bible.  Allow time for each person to call out the names that are most meaningful to them)

Lord Jesus Christ,

A thousand names cannot confine you

You are King of Kings and Lord of Lord

Wonderful counselor, Prince of Peace,

Saviour, Restorer and Redeemer

You are the Lamb who was slain,

Lord Jesus Christ,

A thousand names cannot confine you

God of justice and truth how can we know you?

You are majestic and holy, abounding in love and faithfulness

You are the source of life, our provider

You walk beside us as companion and friend

Lord Jesus Christ,

A thousand names cannot confine you

God of glory, God of power you care for the vulnerable

Protector of widows and orphans,

Compassionate to the poor, comforter of the downcast

You heal all our diseases and bring us wholeness

Lord Jesus Christ,

A thousand names cannot confine you

God in whom we trust, you are always with usl

You are all things good, known yet unknowable

You are the way, the truth and the life,

We worship you

Lord Jesus Christ,

A thousand names cannot confine you

Read the evening psalms from the daily lectionary

 

Lord Jesus Christ, your name is proclaimed in all the earth.

You were God almighty yet you made yourself nothing

You came as a vulnerable child to live amongst us.

You were God all powerful

Yet you came as a humble servant

You were faithful as a son,

You went through death so that we might find life

Your blood was shed so that we could be redeemed

Your body was broken so that we might be made whole

Therefore God has exalted you and given you the name above all names

So that one day all peoples will proclaim you

As Jesus Christ the Lord

God who calls us all by name

Have mercy upon us

Christ who invites us to share life as one family

Have mercy on us

Spirit who welcomes us home together into God’s eternal world

Grant us peace

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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom the power and the glory, for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

Jesus, as members of your family, help us to proclaim your names in all the earth

Make us instruments of your life today

Through our words and actions help us to proclaim you as saviour and redeemer to all peoples

Lord make us instruments of your love today

Where there is war may we proclaim you as the Prince of Peace

Lord make us instruments of your peace today

Where there is despair may we proclaim you as the God of all comfort

Lord make us instruments of your comfort today

Where there is sickness may we proclaim you as the great physician

Lord make us instruments of your healing today

Where there is oppression may we proclaim you as the God who brings freedom

Lord make us instruments of your freedom today

Where there is hunger may we proclaim you as the God of abundant provision

Lord make us instruments of your generosity today

Jesus may we be proclaimers of your names through all the earth

Lord make us instruments of your kingdom today

The Wonderful Counsellor guide you,

The Mighty God protect you,

The Everlasting Father be with you.
The Prince of Peace inspire you,

And the blessings of God be upon you, now and evermore.

 

Amen


 

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