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Christmas Affirmation

We believe that God has come to us as a little child,
making our weakness his strength,
securing our salvation by becoming one of us,
blessing us with with a steadfast savior,
filling our hearts with joy to be shared with one another.
We believe that God has birthed righteousness and justice into the world,
giving us a law that will be written upon our hearts,
making the cause of the oppressed the highest priority,
declaring an everlasting reign of peace,
defeating the power of pain and suffering.
We believe that God calls us to participate in this reality of love,
inviting us to proclaim Christ’s resurrection at the Table,
transforming us as disciples to go out into the world,
sending us forth to announce his kingdom of peace and comfort,
challenging us to see everyone as nothing less than beloved children.
This we believe.
This we preach.
This we seek to embody in word and deed.

Submitted by Rev. Stephen M. Fearing, Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, NY

CTW: Through the Voices of Children

L: “Let the children come to me,” Jesus said.
P: The spirit of the Lord rests on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding.
L: Receive the kingdom of God as a little child.
P: The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid.
L: To all who receive him, who believe in his name, he gives power to become children of God.
P: And a little child shall lead them.
L: Lord, open our hearts to the Word you speak through the voices of children today.

Submitted by Stephanie Anthony, pastor at First Presbyterian Church (Hudson, WI)