An Advent Prayer by Barbara Jones

An Advent Prayer by Barbara Jones

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” Colossians 1:15-20

 

Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

We accept this Advent Season as one of hope and promise.

May our faith remain grounded in Him who created all things in Heaven and on Earth.

Let our focus be on our great and wonderful savior, Jesus Christ, knowing while the world is ever changing the God we serve is ever the same.

Amen.

Prayer by Barbara Jones, Southwest District Lay Leader

An Advent Prayer by Barbara Jones

An Advent Prayer by Kathy Conley

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16

 

Prayer:

Our most gracious, Holy God, we yearn for a Savior. We seek the One who is like us but has remained pure in your eyes and so we continue to wait to be made whole in perfection. We look with boldness toward our own mortality and the day all answers are known and our understanding is sure. We live in that assurance as we journey to the manger and see Your Son, a helpless baby, as we are helpless, yet holding our very souls in His hands for all eternity. 

Thank you, God, for loving us so much, for continuing to pour Your kindness, joy, peace, grace and love into us so that we can pour it on others. We pray in the great glory that is You, in the name of our Savior and our Lord, Jesus. Amen.   

 

Prayer by Kathy Conley, Conference Lay Leader

An Advent Prayer by Barbara Jones

An Advent Prayer by Carole Baker

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake, he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9

 

Prayer:

Generous God,

We come to you with wonder knowing that through Jesus Christ you take us from our poor and ordinary state to becoming rich beyond compare.  Forgive us when we lose sight of the abundance we have through the greatest gift of all, your Son and our Savior.

Amen.

Prayer by Carole Baker, Northwest District Associate Lay Leader

An Advent Prayer by Barbara Jones

An Advent Prayer by Helen Emerson

“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:1-7

 

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I come to you as a humble servant asking that you hear my fervent prayer for this joyous and festival season of Advent.

Give me peace and the strength to have the trust in you that Mary had as she awaited the birth of Jesus.

Lord be with me this season and help my heart to be opened to the ways Jesus is at work in my life.

I pray for humility this season and all year.

Jesus lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer by Helen Emerson, Southeast District Lay Leader