Mosaic: Journey through Advent and Christmas 2015, Epiphany 2016
Prayers for the Second Week of Christmas January 3 – January 6
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: Matthew 2:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-6, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147: 12-20, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:1-9, 10-18
Christmastide Prayer for January 3 written by Aiden Cross
Thank you for all that you give us, food and shelter. I’m glad I have a good family. I’m glad for all we have.
Christmastide Prayer for January 4 written by Sam Purses
Dear Father in Heaven,
Two thousand years ago, Jesus came to us in a manger. His presence became celebrated as a light to the world. Just as the Magi followed the light of his presence all the way from their homes in the East bearing gifts welcoming him into their midst, two thousand years later, the risen Christ harkens to us to be fully alive as sons and daughters of the risen Christ. His presence within each of us is a gift freely given to live and grow in unison with the Triune God. Each of us is challenged to live the fullness of the Triune life as co-creators of a world that is yet to come, but wholly vested in the Holy Spirit. Our challenge is to leave future generations the light of the living God that commissioned His son to be born in Bethlehem and likewise sends us forward to carry the beacon of Jesus’ teachings to future generations. We call upon the same Divine guidance given to Jesus so that we can grow more fully in the life of the Triune God.
Christmastide Prayer for January 5 written by Kathy Schmucker
As memories of glistening decorations, family gatherings, and worshipful celebrations from the seasons of Advent and Christmas begin to fade and my mind begins to lean into the new season that lies before us, I find myself longing for you. I long to come before you with my heart wide open, ready and willing to be obedient to all you call me to in this New Year and new season of Epiphany. But instead, I am shaking and trembling. As the blank pages of a new calendar lay open in front of me, I long to invite you into my heart and allow you to shape me and mold me to be all that you say you created me to be. But I am weary and I feel so unworthy.
Then I hear you whisper into my soul and you remind me that I am loved, I am your child and that you make all things beautiful. You remind me that you can take my stony heart and replace it with a new one and fill me with your spirit so I can walk in your ways. You remind me that from the ashes of our pain, you bring beauty, hope and healing. In and through our imperfections, insecurities and our brokenness you give birth to new life and new possibilities.
Breathe new life into me, O God!
And so I begin to pray those scary prayers. Scary because these prayers invite me to let go of myself and trust completely in you.
Search me God and know my heart.
Break me and stretch me.
Lead me and use me.
Cleanse me and make me holy.
Not so I can be perfect, but so that in and through my imperfections and weakness your light, love and grace might shine.
Let my heart be broken for the things that break your heart, God.
Move me to act with mercy, love, and compassion in all that I do. Help me to make time for you and to listen for your voice in and through all things so that I might be strengthened and filled with your courage and grow ever closer to you.
Help me to seek an epiphany of your glory and love in the world each and every day.
I pray in the precious name of your Son, Jesus, in whom the revelation of Your light, power and love have been revealed, now and forever. Amen.
Ezekiel 36:24-28, Psalm 139, Isaiah 61:1-3
Prayer for Epiphany of the Lord, January 6
Thank you for revealing yourself to us in Jesus. Fill us with your
holy light so that your light might shine through us into the world.
Open our hearts and minds to the wonders of your love and grace so that your power and light are revealed to us anew each day. Help us to respond to your anointing to share your light and bring good news to those who need to know your love, grace and peace.
In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen.
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.
“…they (wise men from the east) went; and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stood over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. They entered the house and saw the child with Mary his mother. Falling to their knees, they honored him. Then they opened their treasure chests and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:9-11
Make a mosaic star.
As you create the star, think about the journey of the wise men and the joy they experienced when they found Jesus.
How might God be calling you to respond to Jesus?