Holy Creator of all that exists,
Weak human beings though we are,
We give you thanks and praise,
For you make us your children.
Sustain us with your Spirit
That through our witness
Your word may find a welcome
In every corner of the world,
And that no one may be excluded,
Neither from your love nor from ours.
Almighty and merciful God,
Through the preaching of Jesus
You reveal our human dilemma —
For we are free to accept or reject
The salvation which you kindly offer.
Give us your Spirit,
Make us strong in faith
And courageous in the proclamation
Of the Good News of your Kingdom.
O Lord our God,
your people assemble to hear your words,
and take delight in the feast which you prepare.
Send us your Spirit,
build us up into one body,
and send us forth to proclaim your mercy and favor.
The Wedding at Cana (John 2, 1-11)
O God of salvation,
The people in whom you take delight hasten with joy to the wedding feast.
Let us experience again the transforming power of your love,
And find hope in this Communion with you and with one another,
A sign of heaven’s eternal wedding feast.
By the power of your Spirit, help us to share with others
The wine of your love.
Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us.
Help us to bear witness to your Gospel
By lives of righteousness and self-control,
While we wait for the blessed hope
And the revelation of the glory
of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
With the radiance of a star you guided the nations to the Light.
Scatter the darkness which covers the Earth
And divides the peoples.
In Christ, and through the Good News,
Draw the ends of the Earth into your family,
So that disparate cultures and warring nations
May be gathered together in unity.
This we pray through Jesus, Emmanuel, God-with-us forever. Amen.
O good and gracious God:
What love you have bestowed on us by calling us your children,
through the gift of your Son Jesus,
who came to live as a child among us
in the family of Mary and Joseph.
Let all who seek the face of Christ find him,
in the households, large and small,
where your love is revealed in our love for one another.
This we pray through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
While all the world, Oh God, lay wrapped in deepest silence,
And night had reached its midpoint,
your all-powerful Word came down,
your life-giving grace appeared,
a child wrapped in baby’s clothes and lying in a manger.
Upon the deep darkness of our world, shine the light of your face, oh God,
That our hearts may exult and sing for joy,
With Mary and Joseph, with angels and shepherds,
And with all people of good will who long for your peace.
25 Jesus said:
Strange things will happen to the sun, moon, and stars. On the earth whole countries will be in despair, afraid of the roar of the sea and the raging tides. 26 People will be so frightened that they will faint because of what is happening to the world. Every power in the sky will be shaken. 27 Then the Son of Man will be seen, coming in a cloud with great power and glory.
28 When these things begin to happen, stand up straight and be brave, because your salvation is near. 34 Don’t spend all of your time with thoughts about eating or drinking or worrying about life. If you do, the final day will suddenly catch you 35 like a trap. That day will surprise everyone on earth. 36 Watch out and keep praying that you will have the strength to go safely through all those things that will happen and to stand before the Son of Man. (Luke chapter 21)
O God, good and merciful, in Advent we thank you for the beginning of a new year. Please bless us and fill us with your grace and your love. Please give us your Holy Spirit, so that we will be ready to welcome Jesus, when we celebrate his birth at Christmas, and to proclaim his victory when he comes again at the end of time. And then please give us eternal joy with you in heaven.
We make this prayer as we praise your name and your goodness, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and rules with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
33 Seated inside his palace, Pilate asked Jesus: Are you the king of the Jews?
34 Jesus answered: Does this question come from you or have others told you about me?
35 Pilate replied: It was your own people and the chief priests who handed you over to me. What have you done?
36 Jesus answered: My kingdom doesn’t belong to this world. If it did, my followers would have fought to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. No, my kingdom doesn’t belong to this world.
37 Pilate replied: So you are a king.
Jesus told him: You are saying that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this one purpose, to speak about the truth. Whoever belongs to the truth listens to me. (John, chapter 18)
O God, good and merciful, after his death on the cross you raised Jesus to life and exalted him to glory. He rules now as King, to bring salvation to this world, weakened by sin and full of violence. Together with all of your Church we praise you. By the power of your Spirit, please give guidance to our lives, so that we may help to build your kingdom by what we say and what we do. We make this prayer as we praise your name and your goodness, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and rules with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.