Christmas intercessory prayers

Written By:
Sam Hargreaves
Bible Refs: John 1
Lectionary Weeks: Christmas - Proper 3 (Year C), Second Sunday after Christmas Day (Year C)

We  wrote these for our service on the Sunday before Christmas, so thought we'd share them with you.  You can use them to lead prayers in church, remembering that Jesus was born into poverty and disadvantage, and turning this into intercession for those considered 'the least' in our world.

The PowerPoint slides are available in 4:3 ratio or 16:9 'widescreen' format.

Jesus Christ, born in a stable,
Be with the poor and homeless this Christmas time.

As we pray, live and give;
shine your everlasting light.

(silent prayer)

 

Jesus Christ, born of Mary,
Be with young mothers across the world this Christmas time.

As we pray, live and give;
shine your everlasting light.

(silent prayer)
 

Jesus Christ, visited by Shepherds,
Be with all who have to work this Christmas, and those who long to work.

As we pray, live and give;
shine your everlasting light.

(silent prayer)

 

Jesus Christ,
who became a refugee,
Be with those who fear for their lives, and those who have left homes and families this Christmas.

As we pray, live and give;
shine your everlasting light.
Amen.

Sam co-leads engageworship.org with his wife Sara. He completed the LST degree in Theology, Music and Worship, and an MA in Contemporary Worship from Kings College London. He was Programme Leader for the LST Theology and Worship course and now teaches as a guest lecturer there. He also co-leads the RESOUNDworship.org worship song website, and has led musical and creative worship at events like Spring Harvest, Youtwork Summit and Greenbelt. Sam and Sara's book 'How would Jesus lead worship' was published by BRF in 2009.

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Previous Comments:

Anne Ambler
09 Dec 2011 19:31
Phew, thanks Sam, needed something at short notice for intercessions this week, added a few more slides and sent to AV guy ready for Sunday. Always thankful for this website and the fab ideas!! Anne
Pastor Karen
17 Dec 2011 14:28
great prayer for this Sunday when we make lunches for homeless and marginalized after service. Thanks
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