Prayers of the People
To the God who became flesh in a helpless newborn,
we pray for those who lives are lived in states of helplessness,
who are weighed down by injustice and oppression and friendlessness.
And so we pray for those crying for justice in refugee camps,
in war zones, in detention centres and divided cities and nations.
To the God who showed divine power in the powerlessness of a child,
we pray for those who are intoxicated with power
and for those who are denied it and abused by it.
And so we pray for the powerful in this land:
teach them to be suspicious of their own power and to use it for good.
To the God whose child was born away from the comforts of temple or religion,
we pray for the Churches of this nation that we can learn to witness
to the reign of God without the securities and comforts of the past.
And so we pray for ourselves, our ministers, our church leaders:
may we look to the child in Bethlehem and see God’s inviting face.
To the God who came to the most unlikely place in this world,
we pray that we would be open to the divine presence
in unlikely places and unlikely people.
And so we pray for ourselves that we would, in God’s name,
venture in the places where God ventures –
however unlikely, however unusual,
however offensive and however unsettling.
To the God of heaven who became God on earth,
who subverted all that was expected of God,
and showed a way of love that no one was expected,
may we be caught up in theat same movement
of love, peace, joy and reconciliation.
This we pray in the name of the Jesus Christ,
God’s presence amongst, the one who taught us to pray:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
Geoff Thompson, offered for worship Christmas Day 2017