Our Father in Heaven,
We give thanks that you have gathered us together on this Advent morning to worship you for the gift of your Son, given to us so long ago. We thank you that your love for the world was such that you embodied that love, taking on flesh and blood and walking among us. We praise you that your way with us was so intensely personal, that you did not deal with us from afar, but that you came to deal with us face to face.
And so we come this morning to reflect on and celebrate the coming of our Savior. We come celebrating the Word made flesh. We come celebrating the one through whom all things were made, the one who is the light of the world, the one in whom we find our life. He came that we might know you.
That he came showed that you had a plan, a plan to deal with sin in the world. Through him you would bring life to what was dead. Through him you would bring about a new creation. And you have made us into a new creation. The old has passed away. He has made all things new.
And so, as we remember this morning, as we sing and pray and hear again this redemptive story of old, help us to praise you with full and glad hearts. Help us to celebrate your Son’s birth with all we are. And equip us to go and bring glory to you in heaven by bringing peace to your people on earth.
We pray all of this in the name of the one who taught us when we pray together to say:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.