Prayers

Christmas

Thank you,
scandalous God,
for giving yourself to the world
not in the powerful and extraordinary
but in weakness and the familiar:
in a baby; in bread and wine.

Thank you
for offering, at journey's end, a new beginning;
for setting, in the poverty of a stable.
the richest jewel of your love;
for revealing, in a particular place,
your light for all nations...

Thank you
for bringing us to Bethlehem, House of Bread,
where the empty are filled,
and the filled are emptied;
where the poor find riches,
and the rich recognise their poverty;
where all who kneel and hold out their hands
are unstintingly fed.
Kate Compston, from from Pocket Prayers for Advent and Christmas, compiled by Jan McFarlane

Advent

Lord Jesus Christ, your world awaits you.
In the longing of the persecuted for justice;
in the longing of the poor for prosperity;
in the longing of the privileged for riches greater than wealth;
in the longing of our hearts for a better life;
and in the song of your Church,
expectation is ever present. 
O come, Lord, desire behind our greatest needs.
O come, Lord, liberator of our humanity.
O come, Lord, O come, Immanuel. Amen. 
Book of Common Order of the Church of Scotland

You keep us waiting.
You, the God of all time,
want us to wait
for the right time in which to discover
who we are, where we must go,
who will be with us, and what we must do.
So thank you...for the waiting time.
Iona Community Worship Book, 
from Pocket Prayers for Advent and Christmas, compiled by Jan McFarlane. 

Our heavenly Father,
as once again we prepare for Christmas,
help us to find time in our busy lives
for quiet thought and prayer;
that we may reflect upon the wonder of your love
and allow the story of the Saviour's birth
to penetrate our hearts and minds.
So may our joy be deeper,
our worship more real,
and our lives worthier of all that you have done for us
through the coming of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Frank Colquhoun, from Pocket Prayers for Advent and Christmas, compiled by Jan McFarlane.

Christ the King Sunday 

Christ the King is celebrated on the Sunday before Advent. 
On the Feast of Christ the King we stare up at the throne where we expect to see Jesus. But the throne is empty; he himself tells us that we will not find him there. He is in prison. He is begging for food. He lies defenceless in the cradle, or cold and shivering in the gutter. He lies tortured and dying on the tree. Yes, behold your king. Come, let us serve.
Martyn Percy, Darkness Yielding: Liturgies, prayers and reflections for Advent, Christmas, Holy Week and Easter