Prayers of Adoration & Confession
With words from Isaiah 9:2-7
Breathe in the light and warmth of this day –
all creation celebrates with us today.
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light…
Jesus, Light of the World,
you shine with summer’s glory.
Be born as radiance in our hearts today.
Breathe in the joy of this day –
the joy of life renewed.
For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us…
Jesus, hope of love’s fulfillment,
your baby cry sounds the depths of wisdom.
Be born with bliss in our hearts today.
Breathe in the peace of this day –
God’s universal shalom.
His authority shall grow continually,
and there shall be endless peace…
Jesus, Prince of Peace,
you hold the helpless in earth’s manger.
Be born with reconciling grace in our hearts today.
Breathe into confession…
We struggle to follow your way:
lead us God of love.
We strain to hear your voice:
call us God of grace.
We flail in the dark to touch your hand:
hold us God of mercy.
We fall from you:
embrace us with your forgiving love,
Just as you embraced the world in the birth of Jesus.
We pray in the name of the Christ child. Amen
God is wise and God is merciful,
God knows our hearts and God hears our cry.
God comes to search for us in the birth of Christ.
And God leads us home.
Hear Christ’s word of grace:
Our sin is forgiven.
Thanks be to God.
Ian Ferguson, offered for worship 27/12/2020, Christmas 1B