Mosaic: Journey through Advent and Christmas 2015
Prayers for the Second Week of Advent December 13 – December 19
Prayers contributed by the people of Faith United Methodist Church and compiled by Faith UMC’s Spiritual Formation Ministry Team.
A mosaic is an artistic expression created from broken pieces brought together and made into something beautiful. In many ways, our congregation is a community of broken people brought together by God’s love and grace to build God’s Kingdom on earth. As you use this resource to prepare for the coming of Christ this Christmas, may you experience the blessing, joy and passion of this mosaic body of Christ. To God be the glory!
This Week’s Scripture Readings: Isaiah 50:4-9, John 1:1-14, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18
Advent Prayer for December 13 written by Ron and Betty Fulton
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
Isaiah used these words to describe Christ. A child born to walk this earth and experience happiness, sadness, love, loss, anger, brokenness, suffering… Emotions we all have at one time or another. God does understand us. We pray that your Peace will cover us in this time of advent so our eyes will be opened to the true meaning of your gift to us, Christ Jesus. God loves us, God is with us, and God is for us. Help us to remember that as we live each day we are His children of the light. Help us make time for Him and remember the gift He gave to us so freely. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit will heal all hurts and give us the strength and peace we need for each day. We are so thankful that God has blessed us in good times and bad. He is truly a remarkable and awesome God.
Advent Prayer for December 14 written by Judy McLaughlin
If the children didn’t love it, would we keep Christmas dazzling in it’s glory? Would we who have grown so worldly wise with our expensive cares forget about His birth! Would the wonder vanish without the brilliant trees and frantic rush? Oh, God, let us look past the commercial bustle that chokes our mundane lives to something much simpler, embedded in all of our hearts, a child born to impart magic to the careworn. Help us become like children so that our doubting hearts revive as we behold your blessing that outshines all the tinsel and glitter- Jesus, Bethlehem’s star.
This prayer has been adapted from a poem written by Marnie Jones, Judy McLaughlin’s mother.
Advent Prayer for December 15 written by Dick Pickles
Great Creator the beautiful words of
Eleanor Farjeon’s hymn is my prayer today.
Morning has broken like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing,
Praise for the morning,
Praise for them springing fresh from the world.
Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven,
Like the first dewfall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass.
Mine is the sunlight,
Mine is the morning,
Born of the one light Eden saw play.
Praise with elation, praise ev’ry morning,
God’s recreation of the new day.
Advent Prayer for December 16 written by Lucy Everetts
Thank you for everything you have
bestowed upon me and my fellow church mates. Give us a good Christmas with God and Jesus.
In Jesus’ name we all say AMEN.
Advent Prayer for December 17 written by Barb Rich
Creator God, in this my time of need for healing within, I your child, humble myself to You knowing You will come near to me. In this my brokenness – I acknowledge my sins and accept Your forgiveness, Your love and the hope of wholeness through Your son, Jesus who He Himself knew brokenness and who was made whole as He abided in Your unfailing love. For it is You, O God, who brings wholeness to body, soul and spirit re-creating me towards wholeness and the person you created me to be. I’ll trust in Your timing. I’ll rely on Your promises. I’ll wait for Your answer(s). I’ll believe in Your miracles (no matter how small). I’ll rejoice in Your goodness and relax in Your presence. Let me experience Your love so deeply that I can face the future with a steadiness and strength only You can provide. In this knowledge I go forth with a heart attitude that rejoices in the power of Your love communicated to me through Jesus who reawakens my Spirit to be a blessing to the whole world. I send this sweet fragrance of my re-created life to You for your pleasure and beauty. Amen.
Advent Prayer for December 18 written by Cindy Wilcox
God of healing and light, in this season of waiting, I look for your light to come into the world. I bring these broken pieces of myself, hoping, yearning for you to take them and make them into something beautiful in your sight, a new wholeness, so that I can be of service to others who are broken like me, and who are also yearning to be made whole. Amen.
Advent Prayer for December 19 written by Lexi Long
Dear God, thank you for my family, friends, home, food, water, and clothing. But what I am most thankful for is your love. Amen.
I will always love Jesus and God!
This Week’s Worship Mosaic Symbol
As you engage in worship during the season of Advent and Christmas, we invite you to create a mosaic as you reflect on the scriptures, prayers, music, and message you experience. Felt mosaic worship kits will be available for use during worship or you can use your own materials at home.
As you create your mosaic we invite you to take a picture and share it through social media with the hashtag #FaithUMCAdventMosaic.
“The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.
What came into being through the Word was life, and the life was the light for all people. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.—John 1:4-5
Make a mosaic light.
The Suffering Servant is a Light to the World.
What does this mean to you?
In what ways does God sustain you in your weariness?
How can you be a light in the world today?