Thursday, December 25, 2008

In the midst of the darkness

Our prayer for last night's midnight service, as we watched and waited for the light to break forth in darkness:

We pray with and for those who this night await the Saviour of the world to be revealed.

Lord, in the midst of the darkness, Let your light shine.

We pray for the children who will be born this night, in conditions that are hostile, inhospitable, uncomfortable and temporary.

We pray for the women and men, whose children will be born in an alien land, in a place they seek refuge, hope, peace.

Lord, in the midst of the darkness, Let your light shine.

We pray for those who this night undertake jobs unseen by others, who in the midst of their toil and labour, in the humdrum of their everyday life, need a revelation of the divine, and an assurance that they are not forgotten, not overlooked.

We pray for those who have no work, who face redundancy, or whose work and financial future seem uncertain and insecure.

Lord, in the midst of the darkness, Let your light shine.

We pray for those who hold authority to govern and judge, and for the police forces who enforce the laws of the land, who seek to keep peace.

We pray for those who are tempted to use their authority, power and influence to abuse others, or promote themselves. We pray for people who are victims of the wilful neglect or persecution of hostile governments.

Lord, in the midst of the darkness, Let your light shine.

We pray for people of other faiths, remembering that you spoke to star-gazers, and revealed the birth of your son to them. We pray that they may find the true light that gives light to all men, and come to worship him.

Lord, in the midst of the darkness, Let your light shine.

Lord we pray for ourselves, sometimes confused, often conflicted and seemingly too content. As we wait for a fresh revelation of Jesus to ignite faith in our hearts, and to reawaken passion in our mission.

Lord, in the midst of the darkness, Let your light shine.

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