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POP: O Hear Our Cry

Beloved, we lift up prayers before God,
trusting in the mercy of the One who comes to shepherd all people.
Let us sing our prayers together:

O Hear Our Cry, O Lord v. 1-2

Save your people, O Lord,
and be especially present with those whom we have named before you.

O Hear Our Cry, O Lord v. 3-4

Turn your face toward your people,
and restore us in your mercy.

We pray in the name of the coming Christ,
and we join in the prayer he taught, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer


Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, IA

benediction: do not be afraid

Beloved, children of God,

do not be afraid to celebrate the presence of Christ this week,

for the true gifts we receive are from the Holy Spirit.

Go out to bear Jesus’ promise into the world,

that we are saved from our sins,

just as the prophets have foretold!

Go out in the strength of Emmanuel, for God is with you.

Go out in the grace of God almighty, for the Holy Spirit is upon you.

Go out filled with the love of the Holy Spirit, for Emmanuel is born among us again today! Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Marion, IA

Confession: season of anxiety

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