Rev. Dr. David Hester offered this prayer for the during worship at the 9:30am service on December 14, 2014.
Spirit of God, come rest upon us; let your light shine in the dark places of our lives and in the dark corners of our world. Give us voice to sing with the prophets in trembling anticipation of a dawning time of righteousness and justice and peace. With the coming of Jesus, your word made flesh to dwell with us, unfold your promises in our world. Let your spirit brood over those in our streets, who through these cold night huddle in doorways and take refuge in cardboard shelters, oppressed by night and pressed down by day. May they find shelter and relief in the comfort of your warming wings and sustaining love.
Come Spirit of God, keep your promised date with us, and release those captive to pain and loneliness, to hopelessness and fear. Set them and all of us free to enjoy life with one another, to know we are loved and not alone; to know in our sickness, there is healing care for us. To those who are imprisoned by their past and fearful of the future, let you Spirit Come down and remind us that you have promised us a future, a new world to come, where justice and love rise up to kiss one another.
Come Spirit of God and calm us, encourage us, reminds us that Christmas does not depend on us to get things done but comes as a gift in time to restore our souls and warm our hearts and lives.
Come Spirit of God proclaim to us the good news of the world’s salvation and of our place in the company of those you love and set free to live with joy and compassion, for Christ’s sake, who taught us to pray together for your coming reign:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on 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 forever. Amen.