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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Jan
13

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18 to 25 January - the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul.  The attached booklet is designed to help us observe this week of prayer amidst the busyness of our lives.

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Jesse Tree - Day 24

Dec
24

Day 24 – The Star Gazers

Bible Ref: Matthew 2, Ornament: 3 Crowns

That same night, in amongst the other stars, suddenly a bright new star appeared. Of all the stars in the dark vaulted heavens, this one shone clearer.  It blazed in the night and made the other stars look pale beside it.  

God put it there when his baby Son was born - to be like a spotlight.  Shining on him.  Lighting up the darkness.  Showing people the way to him.  

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Jesse Tree - Day 23

Dec
24

Day 23 – The Shepherds get a Shock

Bible Ref: Luke 2, Ornament: Fluffy Sheep

Now, God was like a new Daddy - he couldn't keep the good news about his baby son to himself.  He'd been waiting all these long years for this moment, and now he wanted to tell everyone.

So he pulled out all the stops.  He'd sent an angel to tell Mary the good news.  He'd put a special star in the sky to show where his boy was.  And now he was going to send a big choir of angels to sing his happy song to the world: He's here!  He's come!  Go and see him.  My little boy.

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Advent prayer - Saturday 24th December

Dec
24

Prayer idea for today:

Write a song or a poem for God about Christmas.

 

Prayer starter:

Jesus, above all else, I want you to know...

 

Our Posada Dolls travel around the Parish during Advent and stay with a different family every night.  With them are a set of prayers that families can use when they welcome the dolls into their home. The prayer of thanks particularly struck me when we hosted them and I thought I would also share this with you. 

 

Father God, we thank you that you love us so much

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Advent prayer - Friday 23rd December

Dec
23

O Emmanuel, come and save us, O Lord our God.

 

Prayer idea for today:

Pray as you wash your hands, for forgiveness and cleansing.

 

Prayer starter:

Jesus, thank you for saving me from…

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Advent prayer - Thursday 22nd December

Dec
22

O King of nations, come and bring peace among us.

 

Prayer idea for today:

Pray for someone you find difficult.

 

Prayer starter:

Please, Lord, help me reconcile with…

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Advent prayer - Wednesday 21st December

Dec
22

O Dayspring, come and bring light to the darkness of our lives.

 

Prayer idea for today:

Light a candle and use it as a focus for your prayer.

 

Prayer starter:

Lord, I will never forget…

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Jesse Tree - Day 22

Dec
21

Day 22 – God’s Rescuer Arrives

Bible Ref: Matthew 2, Ornament: Baby Jesus

Everything was ready.  The moment God had been waiting for was here at last! God was coming to help his people, just as he promised in the beginning.

But how would he come? What would he be like? What would he do?

Mountains would have bowed down. Seas would have roared.  Trees would have clapped their hands.  But the Earth held its breath.  As silent as snow falling, he came in.  And when no one was looking, in the darkness he came.

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Jesse Tree - Day 21

Dec
21

Day 21 - Joseph the Carpenter

Bible Ref: Matthew 1:18-25, Ornament: Carpenters Hammer

Joseph was a young man from Nazareth.  He was a carpenter and was very clever at making things from wood.  He worked hard in his workshop with his father.

Now Joseph was in love with a young girl named Mary and they were engaged to be married!  But then he discovered that she was going to have a baby. He planned to break off their engagement quietly.

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advent prayer - Tuesday 20th December

Dec
20

O Key of David, come and open our hearts to your love.

 

Prayer idea for today:

Choose a Christmas card which shows something of the Christmas story/message, and let it lead you into praise and prayer.

 

Prayer starter:

Father, I choose to give you…

 

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