Prayer: Great God, we have waited for the Lord to take away the sins of our lives and our world. Great God we have waited listening for Your Word to guide us in doing the work that is needed to be done in Your World. And You have burst forth into our lives and our hearts yet again this day. Through the Birth of Your Holy Son, we remember anew of Your love and Your mercy, Your hope and Your peace. Grant us this day that we listen for Your Words so that we can do the work You ask us to do in Your name. Christ, come and kindle a light in our hearts. Christ, come and renew our spirits. Gloria and Allelujah. May we light up Your world this day withYour love and peace and hope. Amen.
Read St Luke 2: 16- 20
This is a portion of scripture that we often overlook (or under hear!) during Christmas. We hear of the Angels Songs and the hurry of the Shepherds to worship the Holy Infant and then going to spread the Good News but we often forget that Mary treasured and pondered. Mary made the time to stop and treasure God’s Word. Mary made the time to stop and ponder everything she had seen and heard in her heart.
And Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. As we come to the end of 2013, we look back at all we have accomplished or not accomplished during this year.
How do we treasure up all the amazing things that have happened in our congregation, Presbytery, Synod, and National Church?
How do we ponder all the decisions and actions that happened in our congregation, Presbytery, Synod, and National Church during 2013?
How do we treasure up all the amazing things that have happened in our life this year?
How do we ponder all the decisions and actions that happened in our life this year?
Prayer: Great God, we thank You for the gift of Your scripture so that we can read and inwardly digest Your Word. May we always thirst for Your Most Holy Word. This day, we spend time in Your love as we think of all that we accomplished or didn’t accomplish for You in 2013. We praise You for the work You have asked us to do in the world so that all peoples shall know about the wonderful love and forgiveness of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.