Two prayers from John 1

Written By:
Dave Hopwood
Bible Refs: John 1:1-9
Lectionary Weeks: Christmas - Proper 3 (Year C), Second Sunday after Christmas Day (Year C)

These are two prayers based on John's prologue. The first is more or a paraphrase of the reading, whilst the second is a blessing which could be used at the closing of a service.

Excerpt from the reading:

You spoke, Lord, and light penetrated the darkness.
A good light. A strong light. A perfect light.
But we went astray, loving darkness rather than light,
so you sent your prophets, to call us back towards the light.

Yet still we were stubborn and afraid, 

so you sent your son, to be the light of the world.
The light shining in the darkness,
and the darkness never overcoming it...

Excerpt from the blessing:

Lord, you have called us and brought light into our lives.
And now you ask us to be your light in the continuing darkness.
At times we may be like a small, fragile, flickering candle,
at times a bright strong, beam of light…

Help us this coming week to let your light shine through us
in our words and our actions...

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Dave is an author and speaker who loves communicating the Bible using contemporary media, humour, illustrations and stories. He is author of several books retelling the Bible including The Groovy Gospel, The Bloke’s Bible, and Film & Faith. He goes out speaking by invitation and regularly publishes ideas and material via his website:

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