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Lord Jesus Christ, your birth at Bethlehem draws us to kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth:
accept our heartfelt praise as we worship you,
our Saviour and our eternal God.
Amen.

Luke 2:1-20

In this Collect we are brought into the stable where we kneel and pray. When the words say that 'heaven touching earth' it is about God becoming human like us. (Collect from Christmas Day to January 5th)

Eternal Lord, our beginning and our end: bring us with the whole creation to your glory, hidden through past ages and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Matthew 2:1-12

This Collect tells us that God has made the world and that through the life of Jesus Christ we can see the glory of God. This is a Collect for the season of Epiphany when Christ was 'shown' to the magi, the wise men. Their story shows us that the whole of creation celebrated the birth of Jesus because they saw the birth of Christ in the stars.
(Collect from January 6th onward)

In darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Job 30:26
Psalm 18:28
Matthew 4:16
John 1:5
(Older students might like to read more of Job.)

This prayer asks God to be with us at all times, and through all our feelings whether they are good, bad, happy or sad - whether we are in trouble or joy. See again that we have three things to do; trust, serve and praise.

Lord our God, 
on the first day of creation you made the light that scatters the darkness.
Let Christ, the light of lights, hidden from all eternity, shine at last on your people and free us from the darkness of sin.
Fill our lives with joy as we go out to welcome your Son at his coming.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.
Amen

Genesis 1:3
Luke 1:46-56 (the Magnificat)

A prayer which helps us to celebrate the gifts of God in creation and in Christ. It is a lovely prayer to use at the end of worship, or at the end of a week. It also fits very well at the time of Harvest and Christmas.

Eternal God, we offer our thanks that through our earthly lives you speak of your eternal life. We rejoice in the wonder of creation, the gift of human life and the many blessings that our relationships bring. Renew in us the fruits of your Holy Spirit; that love, joy and peace may abound in our homes, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Galatians 5:22
(King James Bible)

In this prayer there are many ideas about God and the way that Christians understand what the Holy Spirit does for families and relationships.

May God himself, the God of peace, make us perfect and holy, and keep us safe and blameless, in spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Amen

1 Thessalonians 5.23

This short prayer is very personal. In it we bring ourselves completely before God, body, mind and spirit.
What do the words body, mind and spirit mean to you?

God our Father, 
your Word has come among us in the Holy Child of Bethlehem:may the light of faith illumine our hearts and shine in our words and deeds; through him who is Christ the Lord.
Amen.

Matthew 5:14, 16

A prayer for Christmas which has a lovely theme of light within it. We can see in this prayer that the 'light' of God is seen through the things that we do and say.
Illumine means 'make clear' or 'shine on'.

Son of Mary, Son of God, we have joined the worship of the angels; may we never lose that heavenly vision. Like the shepherds, we have rejoiced at the news of your birth; help us to proclaim that message in word and deed, to your praise and glory.
Amen.

Psalm 148:2
Luke 2:13-15

A Christmas prayer which works well towards the end of an act of worship. The words 'Son of Mary, Son of God' are about Jesus.

Father of all,
you have given us your Son to be the Saviour of the World.
Welcome us your children into your kingdom to enjoy your presence now and for ever.
Amen.

Matthew Chapter 13

This prayer would work well at Christmas but it is also about God's kingdom which Jesus speaks about in Matthew's Gospel. What does it mean to be children living in this kingdom.

God, you are everything to us, giving us life, filling us with love, and setting us free from sin that we might live in you.
Accept the work of our hands this day, take our lives, give us your peace and renew us in the service of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

1 Corinthians 16:14

This is an excellent offertory prayer - in which we ask God to accept our work. It would go well in celebration worship where the work of the week is celebrated.

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