Christmas -- Eve / Day Collects

Christmas Collects and Benediction
December 24/25

These collects are designed as a response to some of the lessons read at a Service of Lessons and Carols. The Benediction is designed to conclude a Candlelight Service.

 

Proverbs 8: 1; 22-24; 27-31

Wisdom Plays and the World is Made

 

Prayer

O God, our Creator

In your Wisdom we see the reflection

of your only begotten Child,

Jesus, the Christ.

As Wisdom played at your side to make the world,

teach us joyfully to engage the world

with your beloved Child,

together to make all things new.

 

 

Isaiah 9: 2; 6-7

God’s Faithfulness Redeems Us

 

Prayer

O God our Redeemer,

when we have strayed from your paths

You light our way home,

and send us your Holy One to guide the way.

Let us follow in the way of your Light,

walking faithfully with You

in the paths of justice and peace

which lead to abundant life.

 

 

Matthew 1: 18-23

Joseph Dreams of God-With-Us

 

Prayer

O God of depth and mystery,

You call us beyond convention

to a way of risky faithfulness.

Fill our dreams with your truth

and our minds with your discernment

so that we, like Joseph,

may awaken with confidence and joy

to expand our lives and make room for You.

 

Luke 2: 1; 3-7

Jesus is Born

 

Prayer

O Fragile Savior

You come, unprotected, into our dangerous world

and offer yourself as our Peace.

Let our Joy be to seek your Peace

let our Hope be to foster your Peace

let our Purpose be to announce your Peace

with all the fervor of the Angels

and all the courage of the Poor:

Glory to God in the Highest,

and on earth, God’s Peace!

 

 

Candlelight Service Benediction

At end of the service, when the individual candles are still lighted and the sanctuary lights are still down,

the Leader may invite the congregation with these words:

 

Welcome, Holy Child!

Your presence transforms our lives.

Sisters and Brothers, before we go forth from this peaceful place,

let us take a good look around us at one another:

see what beauty is revealed among us in the light of Christ!

 

(Give people enough time to see their neighbors’ faces illuminated by candlelight,

then start to bring the sanctuary lights up.)

 

Now, let us extinguish these small lights

and go forth bearing the Light of Christ

in our hearts into our world!

 

 


 

Christmas Collects and Benediction was written by the Rev. Susan A. Blain, Minister for Worship, Liturgy and Spiritual Formation.

Copyright 2006 Local Church Ministries, Worship and Education Ministry Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH  44115-1000.  Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education.  All publishing rights reserved.

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Rev. Susan A. Blain
Minister for Worship, Liturgy and Spiritual Formation
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3869
blains@ucc.org

Rev. Scott A. Ressman
Minister for Worship, Music and Liturgical Arts
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3870
ressmans@ucc.org