The Adoration of the Shepherds, by Matthias Stomer (Circa 1635-1640)
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Prayers Source = James G. Kirk, When We Gather: A Book of Prayers for Worship, Year C (Philadelphia, PA: Geneva Press, 1985)
CHRISTMAS EVE/CHRISTMAS DAY
God of goodness and kindness, whose mercy is from everlasting to everlasting, all that we have are gifts of your grace. As the heavenly host sang of your glory, accept what we bring as offerings of praise. With the shepherds we have witnessed the birth of our Savior; our response is gratitude for the hope of new life we receive in Christ Jesus.
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
Giver of every good and perfect gift, tribute and praises we bring to you. Let the words of our mouths proclaim the dawn of redemption Christ inaugurates. Use our talents to spread abroad the good news of his reconciling love. Accept the gifts we offer to further his teachings, so that all people may find in him the abundant life he so richly promised.
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
Great Shepherd of the sheep, you feast our soul with abundance and satisfy your people with goodness. We dine on your mercy and are filled with your grace. Having received your gift of Christ our Redeemer, we no longer languish in barrenness but are full of new life. Accept these gifts that we bring you in response to the love you have shown to us in Christ.