Prayers for Advent as we prepare for Christmas
Jesus of Bethlehem, we give thanks that when the days were fulfilled you came down from heaven and dwelt amongst us that we might be the children of our heavenly Father, temples of the Holy Spirit and know that we are loved by God. You have taught us to love one another as you have loved us. As we meditate upon your loving kindness to us, remind us that you are Emmanuel, God with us, so be with us now, and always, Jesus of the crib, and Jesus of the cross. Amen.
Gracious God, how great and awesome is your love to us. May no earthly undertaking distract us from hurrying forth to Bethlehem to meet your Christ. By grace and learning of heavenly wisdom may we may gain admittance to his company; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Grant us loving God, with all your faithful people, resilience to run forth and meet your Christ at his coming with righteous deeds, so that being gathered at his right hand, we might be reckoned complete in him, and be ready to possess the eternal kingdom of his glory. Amen.
Loving God, we thank you that by the birth of Jesus your Christ we can be set free from the bondage of sin, born anew of water and of the Spirit and brought into the land of peace and plenty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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