Welcome to this week’s Prayer Hub.
This week we begin our Advent journey as we look to the coming of Emmanuel ~ God with us. The theme of light is one which runs throughout scripture. The first words God speaks are ‘Let there be light.’ Isaiah records God’s promise that in the darkness there is a great light. The Psalmist reminds that there is no such thing as darkness (there is nowhere we can be where God’s love isn’t). Jesus’ wonderful hope filled words are recorded in John’s account of the gospel when Jesus says, ‘I am the Light of the world.’ Throughout scripture we are reminded that Light and Hope are present, and are present in Christ.
This week we will focus on holding people and situations, ‘In the Light,’ as the Quakers so beautifully say. In those times when we don’t how to pray or what to say it is enough to bring those people and situations into the Light of Christ, in the assurance that God knows and is full of compassion. So, we come in faith and trust.
Advent Sunday: We give thanks for the Light of Christ, for the presence of Christ in all creation.
Monday: We hold in the Light the world Jesus came to show God’s love to, in all its stumbling and confusion in the darkness.
Tuesday: Whilst we look forward to celebrating the birth of Christ we mustn’t forget that he is already here, risen and present with us. Spend some time resting in God’s love for you.
Wednesday: John’s account of the gospel reminds us that in Christ is the light of life. Hold in that light those things in your life that need the healing warmth of Christ’s love.
Thursday: Hold in the Light those who feel lost in darkness and feel desperate for light.
Friday: The Light of Christ - spend some time today reflecting on those words and what they mean for you.
Saturday: Pray for our worship tomorrow, that together, wherever we are, the Light of Christ may shine in our hearts and glorify God.
Almighty God, as your kingdom dawns,
turn us from the darkness of sin to the light of holiness,
that we may be ready to meet you in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Please join us each day at 12pm in saying the prayer Jesus taught us.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation.
Deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Attached is a sheet of the above in case you prefer to print a copy for reference