Prayers for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
Call to Worship
L: Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock!
P: You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth before Israel.
Stir up your might, and come to save us!
L: Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, and see;
P: Have regard for this vine, the stock that your right hand planted.
L: Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Call to Worship
from the Canticle of Mary
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
My spirit rejoices in God my Savior
The arm of the Lord is strong!
God has cast down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up the lowly.
God has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty.
God has come to the aid of God's people Israel.
Let us worship the Lord!
Prayer based on all Lections
by Rev. F. Schaefer
God of Grace and Surprise, today we embrace the miracle of the incarnation of your
only begotten Son. We stand in awe and wonder of your plan of salvation which confounds
the wisdom of this world. Thank you for fulfilling your promise given by the prophets of
old--the sign of reconciliation in and through Jesus, our Lord.
Help us to recognize the incarnation of your grace especially with those who
suffer, those who are impoverished and victimized. Enable us to stand in solidarity
with the least of our brothers and sisters in Christ, so that the world will see in us the
good news of Emmanuel, God-with-us, in whose very name we pray. Amen.
A Closing Christmas Prayer
by Laurence Hull Stookey
by the birth of Jesus Christ you gave yourself to the world.
Grant that , being born in our hearts,
he may save us from all our sins,
and restore within us the image and likeness of our Creator,
to whom be everlasting praise and glory,
world without end. Amen.