Submitted by Shannon Meacham, Pastor, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Menands, NY
God of Wonder,
your works are mighty and your promises never failing.
Yet we turn from you,
wanting the promise to come too quickly.
Not understanding the depth of your mystery,
we become impatient and demand everything now.
As we wait for your Son,
who will be our wonder-filled counselor,
we ask your forgiveness in our impatience.
We pray to behold your glory, steadfast and true.
Open our hearts and pray for your peace to enter them.
For you have done wonderful things, Emmanuel;
come and forgive us;
come and let us stand in awe before you.
declaration of forgiveness:
One: The depth of the Wonder of Christmas is unending, so stand in awe of this promise declared to you. Christ did not come to the world to condemn but to set us free.
Many: We will not ignore the fact that God comes to speak tenderly to
us of hope, of love, of joy and of peace. Thanks be to God. Amen.
One: Isaiah said. “A child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” In this same Spirit I say to you, the Peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
All: And also with You.