Mosaic: Journey through Advent and Christmas 2015
Prayers for the Second Week of Advent December 20 – December 26
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 53:1-11, Micah 5:2-5, Psalm 80:1-7, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45, 46-55
Advent Prayer for December 20 written by Lorrie Goss
How can we anticipate the coming of our Lord with such joy and hope? We know that the cross stands over the manager as it has stood on the horizon since Adam and Eve succumbed to temptation. That
anticipation is the miracle of our Savior and of His Grace. He, by his love and sacrifice, teaches us that joy comes in the morning, light pushes back the dark, faith triumphs over suffering. What love is this that came to manager clothed in human skin? Your love, Holy one, the love brought to us through your only begotten son, our Lord, our King, our Savior, Jesus Christ; thank you for this greatest of gifts. You broke your own heart to save your people. I pray to be a worthy servant, and obedient and loving daughter all the days of my life. Through the love and grace of our Savior Jesus Christ, we dare to kneel before the throne of the most Holy God and cry out Abba, thank you.
Advent Prayer for December 21 written by Melissa Vaughn
I come to you during this Advent season joyful and so
hopeful about my family’s faith journey. So many times in my life I have known you were present, in times of sorrow, there to talk to, in times of joy, there to thank. I had many moments of darkness in my young adulthood and you were always there to listen to me and comfort me. I wasn’t so devoted for several years, I had almost given up on my faith. You wouldn’t allow that to happen, you put people in my life that have helped to guide me back to a place where I felt my family and I belong. I am most grateful for my husband Aaron joining me in this journey. Thank you for helping him have an open heart and mind about attending and participating at Faith UMC and learning about You and Your Son. I see his heart opening in the time he spent creating a piece of artwork to honor the birth of Your Son. I see his mind opening to the possibility and the
understanding that “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”. For most of our marriage I wasn’t sure if this journey would ever be possible, but I now know it is, and for that I say, Amen.
“You make beautiful things.” Isaiah 61:3
Prayer for December 22 written by Pam Wig
Dear Lord, thank you for the beauty You have shown us. What a gift to behold. Beauty is all around us. Help us to see the positive things
happening in the world today. We all need Your stabilizing love to spread around. May You take our broken world and our broken lives and weld goodness and love and peace in the cracks. That way Your beauty can be seen by all. You are all we need. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.
Prayer for December 23 written by Butch Ransom
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of Your Son. a gift of love and promise to us that You would save us from ourselves. We suffer because we don’t always follow the teachings that Jesus gave to us but it isn’t as great as the suffering you experience because we continue to go away from your calling. Lord, we look at the gift of Jesus but we don’t see the second greatest gift that you gave us and that is when You breathed life into our soul and the promise that You would never desert us if we would love and follow you.Help us Lord to draw closer to You and shine Your light to the rest of the world so that all may truly know You and how You long for each to find You and Your Son Jesus and the peace that will come our way when we do. We know that it won’t be easy because all blessings must be earned and that means we will sometimes make a wrong choice but You will be there for us when we ask for forgiveness and help.
Our gift to You Lord is that we dedicate our life and soul to You and Your ways forever.
Prayer for December 24, Christmas Eve, written by Brooklyn Matheny
Please make sure everybody has a good Christmas! Make them remember that Jesus died on the cross for us.
Prayer for December 25, Christmas Day, written by Sarah Jones
We thank you for giving us Jesus, and giving us new life so we can live forever. We thank you for family and friends. Amen!
Prayer for December 26 written by Cheryl Froelich
Praise God for sending the bright illumination of Jesus into the world. Strengthen and uplift us individually and as the body gathered together to shine your light into the many spaces of darkness. Help us not to be afraid and love all our neighbors in the world. Guide us to lessen the suffering of the hungry, the poor, the refugee, and the broken hearted. Give us courage
loving Lord Jesus to boldly extend your love into the world.
God Loves You Cross by Mackenzie Barton
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.
Week of December 20
“He bore the punishment that made us whole; by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
“The Lord’s plans will come to fruition through him...Through his knowledge, the righteous one, my servant, will make many righteous…” Isaiah 53:11
Make a mosaic cross.
The Suffering Servant bore the punishment that makes us whole.
As you create this cross thank God for loving you.
Thank God for the gift of Jesus.
The One born a baby in a manger; the One born for the cross.
Do you see arms in the cross?
As you create the mosaic cross imagine those arms wrapping around you, holding you in love.
Christmas Worship Mosaic Symbol
The LORD God’s spirit is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me. He has sent me…“ – Isaiah 61:1
Make a mosaic manger.
Immanuel, God with us!
God sent Jesus to the world as a baby to grow and live among us and to teach us how to live and how to love.
What does it mean for Jesus to be reborn in you?
How is God sending you to share Christ’s love?