December 22, 2015

Christmas Eve Prayer

Posted in Advent, Christmas at 7:35 pm by davebayne

Christmas Eve Prayer by Kathleen Norris

O God, who spoke all creation into being:
When you created human flesh, we betrayed you by our disobedience.
When you led us out of slavery in Egypt, we doubted and defied you.
Yet you chose to come among us through your Son, Jesus Christ,
who suffered death on our behalf, putting an end to the power of sin and death.
For this great gift of your steadfast hope, we give you thanks.
Help us, O Lord, to keep vigil this night.
Help us to watch for the signs of your coming into our midst, not in the splendid palaces of power, but in hearts humbled by need.
Help us to believe that the darkness of cruelty and sin will never overcome the light, and the mercy, of Christ.
Help us to endure, knowing that the evil and injustice of this world cannot
prevail against your Word.
We ask this in the name of your Word made flesh, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
~Kathleen Norris

http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Christianity/2007/12/Christmas-Eve-Vigil.aspx?p=2#57RMVwfsJk1bpjuW.99

December 18, 2015

O Antiphons Prayer :: Ruler of the House of Israel

Posted in Advent, O Antiphons at 6:14 pm by davebayne

Bring your rule over the house of my heart
As you did long ago with the tribe of Israel.
I will clear my inner room of its egoism
Until I have sufficient space to welcome you.
I will open the window and freshen the air
So I can carry the fragrance of your goodness.
I will light the fireplace and kindle my Spirit
Until it flames high with enthusiasm for you.
I will stand by the door and wait expectantly
For you to come and fill my house with love.

~Joyce Rupp (Fragments of Your Ancient Name, December 18 Meditation)

December 17, 2015

O Antiphon Prayer :: Wisdom from the Most High

Posted in Advent, O Antiphons at 7:25 pm by davebayne

O Wisdom from the Most High,
Bring to us now your perceptive guidance.
Clear out our noise so we hear your voice.
Help us calm our frenetic hearts and minds.
Persuade us to open ourselves to you.
Enter our resistances and determinations.
Influence what lies unresolved on our path.
Counsel us when we forget you are near.
Steer us again and again toward the path
That leads us to integrity and truth.

~Joyce Rupp (Fragments of Your Ancient Name, December 17 Meditation)

December 24, 2014

A Christmas Day Prayer Litany :: When the Time Had Come

Posted in Advent, Christmas, Church Calendar at 3:23 pm by davebayne

A Unison Christmas Confession

We were heavy with sorrow, but joy interrupted.
We were deep in the night, but a star appeared.
We were silent with sadness, but the heavens rang.
And the splendor shone around them
When the time had fully come.

We were hardened by conflict, but love intervened.
We were frightened by shadows, but light took them away.
We were haunted by fears, but a child brought us hope.
And she laid him in a manger
When the time had fully come.

We were dismal and defeated, but faith set us on fire.
We were weary and complaining, but our hearts discovered praise.
We were doubtful and confused, but a door to life was opened.
And the guiding star went before them
When the time had fully come.

We were arrogant and angry, but his innocence disarmed us.
We were cruel, crude, and clumsy, but his grace made all things new.
We were selfish, narrow, greedy, but his joy we had to share.
And they offered him their treasured gifts
When the time had fully come.

We were sheep who had lost their way, but the shepherd knew our names.
We were strangers without a country, but our kingdom came to us.
We were children far from home, but God sent his Son to guide.
And the Word was flesh among us
When the time had fully come.

~ By Kenneth I. Morse, from “In Straw and Story,” p.80, Brethren Press, 1977.
Posted on: http://re-worship.blogspot.com

December 18, 2014

Prayer for Fourth Sunday of Advent :: Advent Bidding Prayer

Posted in Advent, Christmas at 4:41 am by davebayne

A prayer of intercession for the end of Advent (or Christmas Eve) when all four Advent candles (hope, peace, joy, love) have been lit.

Holy One, be the light in our darkness tonight.
As we have lit the candle of hope,
we pray for those who feel hopeless . . .

As we have lit the candle of peace,
we pray for all victims of violence . . .

As we have lit the candle of joy,
we pray for those whose hearts are weighed down by sorrow . . .

As we have lit the candle of love,
we pray for those who do not feel loved,
for those who struggle to love others . . .

Holy One, be the light in our darkness tonight,
that we might reflect your light into the dark corners of our world. Amen.

Taken from: http://re-worship.blogspot.com.ar/2012/11/prayers-of-people-advent-4.html
Written by Joanna Harader, and posted on her Spacious Faith blog: http://spaciousfaith.com/

December 12, 2014

Advent Prayer :: Quietly Prophetic

Posted in Advent at 5:20 am by davebayne

In a cynical and despairing world, O God,
give us a quietly prophetic voice
to proclaim your hope.

In a violent and angry world, O God,
give us a quietly prophetic voice
to proclaim your peace.

In a dismissive and disinterested world, O God,
give us a quietly prophetic voice
to proclaim your compassion.

In a lonely and inhospitable world, O God,
give us a quietly prophetic voice
to proclaim your love.

In a grieving and weeping world, O God,
give us a quietly prophetic voice
to proclaim your joy.

May we be so captivated by your hope, O God,
that we cannot help but to whisper,
to sing, and to enact,
the message of your reign
which is always coming into our world;
And may our quietly prophetic lives,
be channels of your restoring grace
wherever we may go.

Amen.

~ By John van de Laar, and posted on http://sacredise.com/
Posted on: http://re-worship.blogspot.com.ar/2013/01/prayer-quietly-prophetic.html

December 6, 2014

Advent Prayer :: Lord You Wait with Us

Posted in Advent at 4:10 pm by davebayne

The following 2014 Advent prayer and meditation was written by Christine Sine and posted on Godspace blog. You can see the video version of the meditation here:
http://godspace-msa.com/2014/12/05/lord-you-wait-for-us-an-advent-meditation-for-2014/

LORD, YOU WAIT FOR US
TO COME AND SEE YOU
YOU WAIT TO SHOW YOUR LOVE
UNTIL WE SEEK YOU
LORD, YOU WAIT FOR US
TO COME AND SEE YOU
TO GATHER ROUND YOUR MANGER
WITH FRIEND AND STRANGER
LET US COME WITH THE HUNGRY
AND FEED THEM
LET US COME WITH THE HURTING
AND COMFORT THEM
LET US COME WITH THE DESPISED
AND WELCOME THEM
LORD, YOU WAIT FOR US
TO COME AND SEE YOU
TO SHINE YOUR LIGHT
TO SHOW YOUR LOVE
TO PROCLAIM YOUR PEACE
LET US GATHER TOGETHER
REMEMBERING WHAT IS FULFILLED
PREPARED FOR WHAT WE MUST STILL DO
LET US COME TO THE ONE
WHO WAITS FOR US TO LOVE.

Advent Meditation by Christine Sine
http://godspace-msa.com/2014/12/05/lord-you-wait-for-us-an-advent-meditation-for-2014/

Advent Blessing :: Blessing the Way

Posted in Advent, Blessing at 1:00 am by davebayne

With every step
you take
this blessing rises up
to meet you.

It has been waiting
long ages for you.
Look close

and you can see
the layers of it,
how it has been fashioned
by those who walked
this road before you

how it has been created
of nothing but
their determination
and their dreaming,

how it has taken
its form
from an ancient hope
that drew them forward
and made a way for them
when no way could be
seen.

Look closer
and you will see
this blessing
is not finished,

that you are part
of the path
it is preparing

that you are how
this blessing means
to be a voice
within the wilderness

and a welcome
for the way.

By Jan Richardson on http://adventdoor.com
(http://adventdoor.com/2011/12/01/advent-2-blessing-the-way/)

December 2, 2014

Candle Litany for Advent

Posted in Advent tagged at 3:40 am by davebayne

God our life and our breath.
We witness your coming
In the humility of service,
The poor and marginalized,
The new born child,
In the heart of each person we meet,
And in the beauty of all creation.

We watch, wait and witness the mystery of your conception in us,

(The candle is lit)

We are waiting
We are watching
We are witnessing

Taken from:
http://re-worship.blogspot.com.ar/2014/11/advent-candle-litany.html
Originally posted by James Hawes, on Sunday Papers. http://www.sundaypapers.org.uk/

December 27, 2013

A Sonnet & Prayer for the New Year

Posted in Advent, New Year's Prayer, Poems at 3:09 am by davebayne

Prologue: Sounding the Seasons

Tangled in time, we go by hints and guesses,
Turning the wheel of each returning year.
But in the midst of failures and successes
We sometimes glimpse the Love that casts out fear.
Sometimes the heart remembers its own reasons
And beats a Sanctus as we sing our story,
Tracing the threads of grace, sounding the seasons
That lead at last through time to timeless glory.
From the first yearning for a Saviour’s birth
To the full joy of knowing sins forgiven
We start our journey here on God’s good earth
To catch an echo of the choirs of heaven.
I send these out, returning what was lent,
Turning to praise each ‘moment’s monument’.
~ Malcolm Guite

Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year by Malcom Guite
(https://malcolmguite.wordpress.com/)

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