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Advent Prayer Hymn

This verse was written for use as a call to prayer at Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Huntington, WV.

     Come, O God, commune here with us, as we lift to you our cares.
     You, our hope and our deliv’rance, promise to receive our prayers.
     God of love and understanding, you alone know heart and soul.
     Listen to our intercessions, recreate us, make us whole.
                                                          ©2007 David T. Chafin  (tune: Hyfrydol)

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Christmastide Intercessions

1. (Source unknown)

In peace with God and with one another, let us offer to God our hearts desires and our concerns for our world and ourselves.  Let us pray.

      To you, O giver of joy, we praise you that in the fullness of time you came to be with us and to give us hope, peace and the joy of eternal life.  We thank you that in Mary you found one who would willingly give over control of her life, trusting in you, for the sake of your love of us.  We rejoice that we have received grace upon grace in the giving of your Son Jesus Christ to be our Savior.  Forgive us for our frequent unwillingness to let your joy spring to life in our midst, and the self-centeredness that has kept us from revealing in the fullness of your  joy.  Refashion us that we might recognize the greatness of your gift, and to release the joy that you have planted deeply within us in creation and in our baptism.  Because you have made us for joy, Lord, we are burdened  to see a world that is limp and joyless.  As trouble, oppression, grief and sorrow pervades our world, the joy of life seems to fade from our sight.  Yet, we have been called by you to entrust our world’s needs, and our own, to your safekeeping, trusting that you, in your right time, will bring to fruition your promise of redemption.  Inspire us to trust you more, and to joyfully bring to our world the news of your presence in our midst.  We pray for all your children in their need.  To those who are fearful and oppressed, give freedom; to those who are hungry and homeless, give help;  to those who are lonely and grieving, give your peace; and to those who are sick, give healing and hope.  As we give thanks for the life of _________, and for all your saints who rest in peace with you, we offer to you our lives afresh.  Make us to walk in your paths of righteousness and peace, and fill us with joy, as we pray in Christ’s name.

2. (Source unknown)

Eternal God, you have shown your glory to the nations in the coming of Christ.  Guide the church that you have gathered on earth, preserve it in faith, that it may grow in witness and service to the world.  Strengthen and uphold our pastors and leaders that they may faithfully strengthen and uphold the church, and help us all to faithfully join in partnership with you to do your work according to your will and example in Jesus.  Increase our faithfulness to you and bless us with new friends in our midst to share in the joy of discipleship.  Increase the faith and understanding of those whose faith in you is new.  Give to all in baptism a new birth as your children, and give us grace to nurture them in faith and in the communion of your saints.  Lord, you created humanity with a longing to know you, to be in fellowship with you and to have peace in you.  Grant that, in spite of hurtful things that stand in their way, they may find in the unity of fellowship in Christ the tokens of your love and mercy, and grow to acknowledge you as God and Savior.  You, O Lord, are the champion of the poor, the oppressed, the lost and the lonely.  Guide those in leadership toward the commonwealth of your justice, that in peace and freedom all may share in the goodness of your creation, and work with you in caring for it and for your creatures.  You are the one who gives strength to the weary and new courage to the disheartened.  Hear the prayers of all who call on you that they may have joy in finding you ever present to help…  Hear the prayers of your people, O God, for we lift them all to you in the name and Spirit of your Christ. 

 3 (Source unknown)

O gracious and loving God, we come to you recognizing the wonders of life that you have given us.  As winter falls around us, we pray that you will warm our hearts to your will and guidance in all of life, that we may truly live as your people, continually working for the reign of your kingdom on earth.  Hear our prayers, O God, this day for all who are absent from us.  Hear our concerns and hopes for them and all your people.  Touch their lives with your grace that they may find healing, and peace, and love.  May your Spirit touch us to ever reach out to them and to those around us that all may feel your generous love in their lives.  Hear our prayers for your world.  May we see the beauty of creation and work for your peace throughout the world.  These and all our prayers we lift to you in the name and Spirit of our life-giving Lord, Jesus Christ. 

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Christmas Day, Year A

Oremus Almanac:  http://almanac.oremus.org/2010-12-25

Principal Feast
Any of the following sets of readings may be used on Christmas Night and on Christmas Day. Set III should be used at some service during the celebration.
 

I
Isaiah 9.2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2.11-14
Luke 2.1-14[15-20]

II
Isaiah 62.6-12
Psalm 97
Titus 3.4-7
Luke 2.[1-7]8-20

III
Isaiah 52.7-10
Psalm 98
Hebrews 1.1-4[5-12]
John 1.1-14

Third Service
Isaiah 62.1-5
Matthew 1.18-25
Morning Psalms
Psalms 110, 117

Second Service
Isaiah 65.17-25
Philippians 2.5-11 or
Luke 2.1-20 if it has not been used at the principal service of the day
Evening Psalm
Psalm 8

From Common Worship:   http://www.cofe.anglican.org/commonworship

Collect

Almighty God,
you have given us your only-begotten Son
to take our nature upon him
and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin:
grant that we, who have been born again
and made your children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

God our Father,
whose Word has come among us
in the Holy Child of Bethlehem:
may the light of faith illumine our hearts
and shine in our words and deeds;
through him who is Christ the Lord.

Alternative Collect

Lord Jesus Christ,
your birth at Bethlehem
draws us to kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth:
accept our heartfelt praise
as we worship you,
our Saviour and our eternal God.

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2010. Compiled by Simon Kershaw September 2010 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker. Compilation © Simon Kershaw 2010. Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.  The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church, reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.

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Christmas Eve, Year A

Oremus Almanac:  http://almanac.oremus.org/2010-12-24

Principal Feast
Any of the following sets of readings may be used on Christmas Night and on Christmas Day. Set III should be used at some service during the celebration.

 

I
Isaiah 9.2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2.11-14
Luke 2.1-14[15-20]

II
Isaiah 62.6-12
Psalm 97
Titus 3.4-7
Luke 2.[1-7]8-20

III
Isaiah 52.7-10
Psalm 98
Hebrews 1.1-4[5-12]
John 1.1-14

 

From Common Worship:   http://www.cofe.anglican.org/commonworship

Collect

Eternal God,
who made this most holy night
to shine with the brightness of your one true light:
bring us, who have known the revelation of that light on earth,
to see the radiance of your heavenly glory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

God our Father,
in this night you have made known to us again
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
confirm our faith and fix our eyes on him
until the day dawns
and Christ the Morning Star rises in our hearts.
To him be glory both now and for ever.

Alternative Collect

Eternal God,
in the stillness of this night
you sent your almighty Word
to pierce the world’s darkness with the light of salvation:
give to the earth the peace that we long for
and fill our hearts with the joy of heaven
through our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Other Sources

Intercessions:

O God, you are never revealed so completely as in the face of the child of Bethlehem.  Hear us as we give you thanks for those who today reveal your love in our world in his spirit.

We pray for those who give you hands by doing their best toward their brothers and sisters; for those who give you a mouth by speaking words of justice and peace for the broken and oppressed; for those who give your poverty the look of hope for your reign, revealing you simply by being your children, reflecting your beauty as did your only Son Jesus. 

We hold up in prayer the lonely and hurting, the hungry and homeless, the sick and dispossessed, knowing that your heart has always been nearest those who are poor in spirit and least likely to be thought of as people touched by the hand of divinity.

As we remember how you came to live among us in the flesh, and as we celebrate that moment long ago which lives forever in the hearts of those who believe, and as we long for your fullness in our lives that we too might enflesh the goodness and love of Christ in our day, we ask that you would bless us, your church, to be food for the hungry and hope for those who are lost and alone—a living testament of Christ’s faithfulness to you.  May all who drink of your one spirit receive new life to give to those in our world who are thirsty for meaning and belonging.

Pour out your Spirit upon us, your people.  Continue in our lives the mystery of Christmas.  Let your Son become flesh in us, so that we may reveal you to our world all the days of our lives.  Holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray.  Cast out our sin and enter in.  Be born in us today.  [Together we pray as Christ has taught us, saying…]

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2010. Compiled by Simon Kershaw September 2010 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker. Compilation © Simon Kershaw 2010. Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.  The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church, reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.

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The Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A

Oremus Almanac: http://almanac.oremus.org/2010-12-19

Principal Service
Isaiah 7.10-16
Psalm 80.1-8,18-20*
Romans 1.1-7
Matthew 1.18-25

From Common Worship:   http://www.cofe.anglican.org/commonworship

Collect

God our redeemer,
who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary
to be the mother of your Son:
grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour,
so we may be ready to greet him
when he comes again as our judge;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

Heavenly Father,
who chose the Blessed Virgin Mary
to be the mother of the promised saviour:
fill us your servants with your grace,
that in all things we may embrace your holy will
and with her rejoice in your salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative Collect

Eternal God,
as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,
so we wait for his coming in glory;
bring us through the birth pangs of this present age
to see, with her, our great salvation
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Traditional Elements – Theme:  Love

Opening Prayer:

God of all love, our hearts are moved by your gracious promises fulfilled for us in Jesus Christ.  Give us the grace we need to live lovingly in all of life, and empower us to make your love known through the deeds of our lives.

Call to Prayer:

     Come, O God, commune here with us, as we lift to you our cares.
     You, our hope and our deliv’rance, promise to receive our prayers.
     God of love and understanding, you alone know heart and soul.
     Listen to our intercessions, recreate us, make us whole.
                                                          ©2007 David T. Chafin  (tune: Hyfrydol)

Prayer Cycle:

Unity of the Church and its ministries

Our common mission as people of the coming Christ, The suffering world in which he is born,

The strength of will to watch and wait for Christ’s appearing.

WV Disciples Prayer Focus: Regional Ministry – that the whole Church of Jesus Christ might be encouraged and strengthened by the ministries at work among us, and that we as a people might be able to faithfully continue in providing for its needs.

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2010. Compiled by Simon Kershaw September 2010 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker. Compilation © Simon Kershaw 2010. Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.  The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church, reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010. 

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The Third Sunday of Advent, Year A

Oremus Almanac:  http://almanac.oremus.org/2010-12-12
 
Principal Service
Isaiah 35.1-10
Psalm 146.4-10 or
Canticle: Magnificat
James 5.7-10
Matthew 11.2-11

From Common Worship:   http://www.cofe.anglican.org/commonworship

Collect

O Lord Jesus Christ,
who at your first coming sent your messenger
to prepare your way before you:
grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries
may likewise so prepare and make ready your way
by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just,
that at your second coming to judge the world
we may be found an acceptable people in your sight;
for you are alive and reign with the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

We give you thanks, O Lord, for these heavenly gifts;
kindle in us the fire of your Spirit
that when your Christ comes again
we may shine as lights before his face;
who is alive and reigns now and for ever.

Alternative Collect

God for whom we watch and wait,
you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:
give us courage to speak the truth,
to hunger for justice,
and to suffer for the cause of right,
with Jesus Christ our Lord.

Traditional Elements – Theme:  Joy

Call to Worship:

Friends and fellow-travelers in faith, let us listen for the voice of the one who calls out in the wilderness of our world and of our lives: “Prepare the way of the Lord; make God’s paths straight.”  As we gather for worship, may we make space for the coming of the Sovereign Lord, and be empowered to proclaim him through every moment of our lives.

Opening Prayer:

All of heaven and earth sing to you, O Lord our God, for this earth which you lovingly made has been given a King and Savior in your Son Jesus Christ.  As we prepare to fully welcome him, help us to be aware of the meaning of his coming—bringing hope among our empty lives, peace among those whose relationships are broken, and joy—great joy—where gloom and sorrow had once reigned.  We open ourselves to receive your great gifts.

Call to Prayer:

     Come, O God, commune here with us, as we lift to you our cares.
     You, our hope and our deliv’rance, promise to receive our prayers.
     God of love and understanding, you alone know heart and soul.
     Listen to our intercessions, recreate us, make us whole.
                                                          ©2007 David T. Chafin  (tune: Hyfrydol)

Prayer Cycle:

Unity of the Church and its ministries

Our common mission as people of the coming Christ, The suffering world in which he is born,

That the joyful wonder of God’s surprises seen in the story of the Holy Family awaken us to greater faith.

WV Disciples Prayer Focus: Regional Ministry – especially the young people who find great joy in regional camps and retreats, and those who minister to them.

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2010. Compiled by Simon Kershaw September 2010 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker. Compilation © Simon Kershaw 2010. Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.  The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church, reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.

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The Second Sunday of Advent, Year A

Oremus Almanac:  http://almanac.oremus.org/2010-12-05

Principal Service
Isaiah 11.1-10
Psalm 72.1-7,18,19*
Romans 15.4-13
Matthew 3.1-12

From Common Worship:   http://www.cofe.anglican.org/commonworship

Collect

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power
and come among us,
and with great might succour us;
that whereas, through our sins and wickedness
we are grievously hindered
in running the race that is set before us,
your bountiful grace and mercy
may speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honour and glory, now and for ever.

Post Communion

Father in heaven,
who sent your Son to redeem the world
and will send him again to be our judge:
give us grace so to imitate him
in the humility and purity of his first coming
that, when he comes again,
we may be ready to greet him
with joyful love and firm faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative Collect

Almighty God,
purify our hearts and minds,
that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again
   as judge and saviour
we may be ready to receive him,
who is our Lord and our God.

Traditional Elements – Theme:  Peace

Call to Worship:

Friends, we have heard the promise:  God’s chosen One will soon be among us.  We must make ready our lives for the coming of the Lord.  The wilderness places of our lives may threaten to overwhelm us, and we may easily lose our way.  But the light grows stronger, day by day – the light of the glorious appearing of our Savior.  Let us watch and wait with eager longing.

Opening Prayer:

O God, you have truly brought to all the earth the hope of peace in your Son Jesus Christ.  By the example of his life, the words of his lips, and the wondrous act of your resurrection power, we have seen and known the extent of your love and grace.  Help us in our worship and in all of our lives to faithfully live after the pattern he has set for us, and to glorify you in all that we do.

Call to Prayer:

     Come, O God, commune here with us, as we lift to you our cares.
     You, our hope and our deliv’rance, promise to receive our prayers.
     God of love and understanding, you alone know heart and soul.
     Listen to our intercessions, recreate us, make us whole.
                                                          ©2007 David T. Chafin  (tune: Hyfrydol)

Prayer Cycle:

Unity of the Church and its ministries

Our common mission as people of the coming Christ, The suffering world in which he is born,

The grace of Christ to work for peace among earth’s peoples.

WV Disciples Prayer Focus: Regional Ministry – especially the staff: Thaddaeus, David, Kevin, Mary, Joel, and those who assist and support their work.

 Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2010. Compiled by Simon Kershaw September 2010 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker. Compilation © Simon Kershaw 2010. Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.  The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church, reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.

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