No sermon for tomorrow because we are finishing our Christmas celebration with Lessons and Carols. Lots of scripture, lots of singing as we move from the manger to the temple to the wise men.
Instead, I offer prayers for a peace-filled New Year that is prosperous and justice-filled for all.
We know that things in this world are just not the way they should be, not the way you planned it to be. We come off our Christmas high, having seen a glimpse of 'peace on earth' and 'goodwill to all' even as we seen evidence of war and hate and greed. Help us O God. Save us from ourselves!
When we pray 'your kingdom come,' help us to be open to the ways your Spirit is bringing the kingdom closer.
When we pray 'your will be done,' bring our desires into line with yours.
When we pray ' give us our daily bread,' give us also hearts that generously share that which we receive from your hand.
When we pray 'lead us not into temptation,' make us sensitive to all the ways you point us to paths of righteousness.
When we pray 'deliver us from evil,' help us to understand that sometimes knowing that you walk with us through the evil is all the deliverance we need.
We ask in the name of your Son, the Word Made Flesh, the Light that Banishes the Darkness. Amen.