Jesus our Christ, Prince of Peace, Savior of the Creation, we praise you. We give you thanks for this holy time of preparing for your birth, of renewing our calling as your people. And yet as get closer and closer to the stable, we acknowledge that we have fallen short of following Your Way. We have allowed the allure of other gods in this season to draw us in. We have permitted anxiety to rule our lives and fallen victim to the myth of scarcity when you have already prepared the Table of abundance for us. We are always in need of your renewal, and so we open our souls today that the Baby in the Manger–full of trouble and full of opportunity will be our only Guide. We offer our very selves to you this day, this community, all of who we are. Walk alongside us O Lord our God, who is always birthing and renewing. In Christ we pray. Amen.
Submitted by Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church, North Plainfield, NJ