Lord Our God,
the heavens are the work of Your Hands,
the moon and the stars You made;
the earth and the sea, and every living creature came into being
by Your Word. And all of us, too.
May this tree bring cheer to this house
though Jesus Christ Your Good and Holy Son,
Who brings life and beauty to us and to our world.
Lighting this tree, we hope in his promise.
Lord, in this holy season of prayer and song and laughter, we praise You for the great wonders You have sent us: for shining star and angel's song, for infant's cry in lowly manger. We praise You for the Word made flesh in a little child. We behold his glory, and are bathed in its radiance.
Be with us as we sing the ironies of Christmas, the incomprehensible comprehended, the poetry made hard fact, the helpless Babe who cracks the world asunder. We kneel before You shepherds, innkeepers, wisemen. Help us to rise bigger than we are.
Prayer For those who work on Christmas Day
Lord. As I spend today going about my work, help me to put aside any bitterness that I'm not celebrating at home with loved ones. I ask You, Loving Father, to give me a special sense of Your Presence as I meet people, that I may shed on them the light of the Bethlehem Star, the Spirit of Christmas.