Christmas At St Luke's 2018
For Unto Us A Child is Born
Scripture: Isaiah 9:6-7
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even for ever.
The Old Testament prophets foretold of the coming of the Messiah. We await the celebration of Jesus' birth.
God, in your grace and mercy,
You gave us Your Son to be our Saviour and friend.
Give us a renewal of faith today so that we may not only sing carols and light candles, but also serve the Christ and allow the light to shine in and through us.
God of light, let your light draw us nearer to you, and to our neighbours in all the earth.
Nearer to your generosity, and to all our hungry and homeless neighbours. Nearer to your compassion, & to those who are broken in body, mind & spirit.
Nearer to your mercy, & to people who suffer from mental or physical abuse. Nearer to your comfort, and to those who sorrow because of death or alienation.
Nearer to your all-inclusive love, and to neighbours who & no faith or hope. Nearer to your peace, and to all who are caught in destructive conflicts.