Mosaic: Journey through Advent and Christmas 2015
Prayers for the First Week of Christmas December 27 – January 2
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: Luke 2:1-20, 21-40, 1 Samuel 2:18-20, Psalm 148, Colossians 3:12-17, Luke 2:41-52
Christmas Prayer for December 27 written by Teresa Purses
Dear Heavenly Father,
‘Tis the season to be immersed in the flurry of activity that can keep us focused on all things of this world, but amidst our lists and rush…I have seen great love and kindnesses. Thank you, Father, for those who give hope to those in need both near and far. For those who send packages to our troops across the sea, to those who share their resources so others can have warm coats, gifts and food, for those who put their coins in the Salvation Army kettles, for those who share their talents to bless others and for all the ways that your love is seen in the lives of your servants. Thank you, Father, for our pastors and leaders who stand in the gap for the marginalized in our community and in our world and work together to create a more hopeful future. Their commitment is rooted in the deepest HOPE of all…when unto us you sent your one and only SON, JESUS..…you gave equal access for ALL. LOVE appeared in a tiny stable and changed the world. Help us, Father, to live closer to you so that we can hear the ways we are called to be your faithful servants. Thank you, dear Father, for loving all of us just as we are!
In Jesus precious and holy name,
Christmas Prayer for December 28 written by Maya Griffith
Thank you for food, water, life, hope, love, peace, friends and family.
Christmas Prayer for December 29 written by Pam Wig
Father God, may You continue to allow Your light to shine through each and everyone of us. As Your children, may we let Your love shine through the brokeness of our lives. You are the One and Only that can make beauty out of the world today. Thank you, Lord. Amen.
Christmas Prayer for December 30 written by Madeline Griffith
We are thankful for the three F’s.
(Food, Family, and Friends.)
Christmas Prayer for December 31, New Year’s Eve written by Barb Rich
O Lord my God, thank you for your grace. I am eternally grateful! Amen.
Christmas Prayer for January 1, New Year’s Day
John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by you or laid aside by you,
enabled for you or brought low by you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
you are mine, and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
Consider praying the Wesley Covenant Prayer a part of your daily devotions.
After praying the prayer, take one line each day and meditate on what living a life reflective of this line would mean for you.
Christmas Prayer for January 2
May all in our community experience Christ in fresh new ways this Christmas and New Year.
Prayer adapted from Faith UMC’s 2015 Mission & Vision Devotions
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.
“So they (shepherds) hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” – Luke 2:16-18
Make a mosaic shepherd’s staff.
The shepherd’s staff reminds us that Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
As you create the shepherd’s staff, thank God for the people who have told you the good news of Jesus.
Think about someone who may need to know about
Jesus the Good Shepherd, Prince of Peace, Messiah.
What happens when you are as excited as the shepherds to tell others about Jesus?