Christmas Prayers of Praise and Adoration   9 comments

The Adoration of the Shepherds, by Caravaggio (1609)

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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)



O God, before whom mountains melt like wax, the earth trembles, and idols are humbled, we proclaim your righteousness  as we behold your glory.  You have sought out a people and proclaimed them holy; you have sent your chosen one, Jesus, to prepare your way.  We have passed through the gates of salvation which he opened for us, and now gather to worship you with our praise and thanksgiving.


We will indeed praise you, O God, and cause your wonderful works to be known.  Your mercy and grace shall endure forever.  As we obey your commandments and abide by your wisdom, we shall proclaim to the nations how you can be trusted.  Upheld by the covenant you established, our feet firmly placed on an unshakable foundation, we enter your presence to give you all glory.


We sing aloud with gladness, O God, raising our voices in praise of your name.  You have not withheld your love from us, but sent a messiah to deliver us.  As Christ came to earth to embody your love, so now we gather as his body to make our joyful response to such wondrous love.  Filled with your Spirit, made alive by your presence, we come rejoicing as we meet your new day.

Posted December 20, 2010 by neatnik2009 in Advent and Christmas 1900s

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