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Nativity of Christ / Anonymous / 1800 (Click the picture for more information)
Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. A complete edition of the prayers is available though Augsburg Fortress [link].
  • Thematic
  • O God of light and peace,
    whose glory, shining in the child of Bethlehem,
    still draws the nations to yourself:
    dispel the darkness that shrouds our path,
    that we may come
    to kneel before Christ in true worship,
    offer him our hearts and souls,
    and return from his presence to live as he has taught. Amen.
  • Intercessory
  • God of revelation,
    as we gather in praise for the gracious mystery of your Son,
    we remember the many needs of your church and your world.

    Prayers of the People, concluding with:

    Guide us on the path of salvation, O God,
    that the radiance and power of your Holy Spirit
    working in the world
    will gather together all peoples and nations in one community
    to offer you worship and proclaim your splendor. Amen.
  • Scripture
  • Radiant Morning Star,
    you are both guidance and mystery,
    Visit our rest with disturbing dreams,
    and our journeys with strange companions.
    Grace us with the hospitality
    to open our hearts and homes
    to visitors filled with unfamiliar wisdom
    bearing profound and unusual gifts. Amen.


    Bright Morning Star,
    your light has come,
    and the birth of Jesus
    has overwhelmed us with joy.
    Like the magi of long ago,
    may we be drawn to you
    and offer you such gifts as we are able. Amen.