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Illumination: lead us to treasure

Your word, O Lord, is sweeter than honey
and more precious than gold.
Inspire this reading by your Holy Spirit
and lead us to the treasure of your will,
in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Covenant Presbyterian Church, West Des Moines, IA

Illumination: plant your word

Holy Spirit,
bless this our reading of your word
that we might neither add to it or take anything away from it. (Deut. 4:2)
Help us to keep your commandments and plant them within our hearts. Amen.

 

Submitted by Stephen M. Fearing, Beaumont Presbyterian Church, Lexington, KY

Illumination: Discern

Holy Spirit,
you call us to place aside falsehood
and discern the will of the Lord.
Bless our reading of your Word
that we might be attentive to its truth. Amen.

 

Submitted by Stephen M. Fearing, Beaumont Presbyterian Church, Lexington, KY

Illumination: Word, Light, Way

Divine Word, speak your love into our hearts. Divine Light, shine your peace into our souls. Divine Way, lead our lives in your hope. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Lucus Levy Keppel, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Bixby, Okla.

illumination: heart of all things

O Lord, your Word sees to the heart of all things
and speaks the truth of your blessing into every life.
As we listen to these words of scripture,
may we hear your everlasting Word
calling us to share your healing and reconciliation with all people.
We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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

Illumination: listening

Jesus, Master,
we are listening for your Word.
Give us your Holy Spirit,
so we might hear your Good News
in the words of scripture and preaching.
Teach us to seek you always
and to respond to your call.
We pray for the sake of your holy name.
Amen.

 

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

illumination: light to our path

God of all peace and joy,
send your Spirit to this place
to bless this our reading of your word
that it may be a lamp to our feet
and a light unto our path. Amen.

 

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

illumination: lost

Guiding God,
without the presence of your Holy Spirit,
we are hopelessly lost on this Advent journey.
Come to us in this place
as we gather to hear your Word.
Open our hearts to receive your Word
and our minds to understand it. Amen.

 

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

illumination: beyond your words

As we read the words of scripture,
we are pointed to your living Word who walked among us;
and we are surrounded by your Spirit,
who whispers words within our hearts and minds.
Inspire us in our hearing and reflecting,
that we may move beyond your words
into life-changing acts of grace, love, hope, and peace.
Amen.

Submitted by Scott Cervas, pastor at Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church (Lexington, KY)

confession: bread alone

We proclaim you the source of every blessing, O God. We say that your breath is life and your word is nourishment. And yet so often we try to live by bread alone, while our Bibles gather dust on a shelf. Forgive us when we confine your voice to pages that can be shut and forgotten.

We confess that we come to your word seeking light for our own paths, instead of yours. Forgive us when we use your word to justify our own desires, to comfort ourselves while shutting others out, to tear down hearts in order to build up our egos.

Teach us again to hear you through old stories and surprising voices, word written and word lived, and to live by every word you speak. 

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, The Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL