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Advent prayer - Saturday 24th December

Dec
24

Prayer idea for today:

Write a song or a poem for God about Christmas.

 

Prayer starter:

Jesus, above all else, I want you to know...

 

Our Posada Dolls travel around the Parish during Advent and stay with a different family every night.  With them are a set of prayers that families can use when they welcome the dolls into their home. The prayer of thanks particularly struck me when we hosted them and I thought I would also share this with you. 

 

Father God, we thank you that you love us so much

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Advent prayer - Friday 23rd December

Dec
23

O Emmanuel, come and save us, O Lord our God.

 

Prayer idea for today:

Pray as you wash your hands, for forgiveness and cleansing.

 

Prayer starter:

Jesus, thank you for saving me from…

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Advent prayer - Thursday 22nd December

Dec
22

O King of nations, come and bring peace among us.

 

Prayer idea for today:

Pray for someone you find difficult.

 

Prayer starter:

Please, Lord, help me reconcile with…

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Advent prayer - Wednesday 21st December

Dec
22

O Dayspring, come and bring light to the darkness of our lives.

 

Prayer idea for today:

Light a candle and use it as a focus for your prayer.

 

Prayer starter:

Lord, I will never forget…

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Jesse Tree - Day 22

Dec
21

Day 22 – God’s Rescuer Arrives

Bible Ref: Matthew 2, Ornament: Baby Jesus

Everything was ready.  The moment God had been waiting for was here at last! God was coming to help his people, just as he promised in the beginning.

But how would he come? What would he be like? What would he do?

Mountains would have bowed down. Seas would have roared.  Trees would have clapped their hands.  But the Earth held its breath.  As silent as snow falling, he came in.  And when no one was looking, in the darkness he came.

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Jesse Tree - Day 21

Dec
21

Day 21 - Joseph the Carpenter

Bible Ref: Matthew 1:18-25, Ornament: Carpenters Hammer

Joseph was a young man from Nazareth.  He was a carpenter and was very clever at making things from wood.  He worked hard in his workshop with his father.

Now Joseph was in love with a young girl named Mary and they were engaged to be married!  But then he discovered that she was going to have a baby. He planned to break off their engagement quietly.

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advent prayer - Tuesday 20th December

Dec
20

O Key of David, come and open our hearts to your love.

 

Prayer idea for today:

Choose a Christmas card which shows something of the Christmas story/message, and let it lead you into praise and prayer.

 

Prayer starter:

Father, I choose to give you…

 

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Jesse Tree - Day 20

Dec
20

Day 20 - John the Baptist

Bible Ref: Matthew 3, Ornament: Dove

On the day that John was born, his dad knew God’s promise to Abraham was coming true – God was sending the Rescuer.  And he was so happy he sang a song:

“Because God loves us with a Never Stopping,

Never Giving Up, Unbreaking,

Always and Forever Love –

Heaven is breaking through!

He is sending us a Light from Heaven,

To shine on us like the sun,

To shine on those who live in darkness,

And in the shadow of death,

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Jesse Tree - Day 19

Dec
20

Day 19 – Speechless Zacharias

Bible Ref: Luke 1, Ornament: Slate Board

So there was this Priest called Zacharias and his wife was Elizabeth.  They loved God but they were very sad as they had no children and were getting quite old.

Zacharias worked in God’s special house, the temple. One day when he was at the temple the Angel Gabriel appeared before him and he was so afraid that he shook with fear. But Gabriel reassured him by saying,

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Advent prayer - Monday 19th December

Dec
19

O Root of Jesse, come and deliver us from fear and oppression.

 

Prayer idea for today:

Talk to God about your hopes and fears for the New Year - for you, your community and the wider world. 

 

Prayer starter:

Lord, my heart yearns for…

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