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Joy to the World: A Christmas Prayer

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Father, forgive our foolishness and stubbornness in seeking joy in all the wrong places.

We look for joy in riches, we look for joy in parties and celebrations, we look for joy in successes.

We look for joy in drinks and drugs, in sex, in the victory of sports, in buying and selling, in spiritual experiences that comfort and excite.

Guide us to true Joy, that can only come from You; joy that comes into the world and invites us to receive You as King.

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!

Reign in my life, reign in our lives, reign on earth, as it is in heaven, that all Your creation will take joy in You and Your salvation offered to all through Jesus Christ, Your Son. May we truly glorify and enjoy You forever.

No more let sins and sorrows grow…

Replace our anxieties and fears with joyful trust in You and let the latent distrust that leads to sin be conquered through the love of Your reigning Lordship in our lives and in the world.

Replace our sorrows and mourning with praise and gratitude for Your constant Presence, strength and comfort.

He rules the world with truth and grace…

We give thanks O God, that You rule the world.

We give thanks O God, that You rule with truth and that You lead us to the truth that sets us free.

We give thanks O God, that You rule with grace and that we are led by Your love and goodness that we do not deserve and cannot earn.

Amen.

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Confessions from An Affirmation that “This is My Father’s World”

Our Father, Creator and Maker of All Things, Sustainer and Lover of our Souls, we give thanks to you this day for the world that you have created and for your faithful love and mercy toward us.

Forgive us Lord, for although, this is your world, sometimes we are so obsessed with ourselves, our gifts and abilities, or our struggles and problems that we fail to discern and recognize this is our Father’s world.

Forgive us Lord, that though all nature sings, we often are silent in giving you the praises that are due to you.

Forgive us Father, for although, you speak to us everywhere, in all of life and all of creation, we often are distracted by the attractions of the world, the flesh and the devil, and we often are more concerned with what we have to say, than we are what you are saying to us.

Forgive us Father, that is the midst of the wrong that seems so strong in our world, we forget that You are the Ruler yet and that Christ is victorious in all things.

We sing “This is My Father’s World”.  Lift our eyes O Lord, to see beyond ourselves, beyond our boundaries of our community, our nation, our race, our perspective, so that we may see the needs of all peoples.  Grow our faith that we might trust that you have the whole world in your hands and that we might actively love and care for the world, even as you do.

Where there famine, bring food, immediate food and long-term solutions to hunger needs.

Where there is oppression, bring freedom and release.

Where there is war, bring peace, bring hope, bring peace-makers.

Where there is sorrow, bring comfort.

Where there are differences, teach us to love as you love the whole world.

We pray these things in name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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