A Christmas Prayer
Crown this coming year with peace and good will. Help us rightly remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men.
Close the doors of hate and open the doors of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil, by the blessing that Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.
May we remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving.
May we be happy to be your children this Christmas morning and may Christmas evening bring us to our bed with grateful thoughts, forgiven and forgiving for Christ sake.
We pray in the name of Emanuel, God with us.