Epiphany Prayers of Intercession (2)

Christmas is fading away.
Let us hold onto the story. 

As the Christmas season draws to a close let us reflect back over the stories we have heard. Let us gather them up, learn from them and take them on into the New Year.

Christmas is fading away.
Let us hold onto the story. 

Let us not forget the innkeeper, who saw a family in need and responded with what little he had.  Lord, we pray that we will be generous with whatever we have, with our love, with our welcome and, if we have more than enough, with our money. May we always be aware of the needs of others and help when we can.

Christmas is fading away.
Let us hold onto the story.
 

Let us not forget the simplicity of Christ’s birth, born in a stable, a manger for a crib.
Help us, Lord, to keep our lives simple, reflecting on how much we need when we go shopping, or whether we do need something new, or something with that special label.  May God’s love be at the heart of all the decisions we make.

Christmas is fading away.
Let us hold onto the story. 

Let us not forget the Holy Family soon to be running away from hatred, filled with fear for their lives.     
Lord, so little has changed. Still today families flee from hatred and fear, hoping to find safety. We pray for all those affected by war, especially those in (Names). We pray that, as Mary and Joseph were eventually able to return home, so may the millions of displaced people in the world today be able to return to their homes and find peace and safety.

Christmas is fading away.
Let us hold onto the story. 

Let us not forget the shepherds who were invited to go and see the child.
Help us, Lord, to go and see and find your Good News in unexpected places.  Let us see God’s love in those we live with, in those we work with, and in the stranger who we meet in our day to day lives.

Christmas is fading away.
Let us hold onto the story.

Let us not forget the wise men who were led away from their homes out of their countries into the unknown. 
Help us, Lord, to be brave enough to face the times in our lives when we are led into the unknown, where we may feel frightened and abandoned.  We pray that, whatever we have to cope with, we will be able to do it with the knowledge that we are never alone. God is always with us and will send others to come and surround us with love.  We especially remember those who are facing the unknown at the moment through anxiety or illness. We have been asked to pray for (Names).May they always be aware of God’s healing love surrounding them.

Christmas is fading away.
Let us hold onto the story.

Through all the season of Christmas we have been given the message of joy - joy to the world. So let us not forget the wonder of the Word made flesh.  God with us!  That is God with you and God with me and God here in this place.  As we gather around his table in a few minutes time let us be lifted by that joy and leave here filled with the Light and Love and Joy that God offers us at every Eucharist in the breaking and sharing of bread.

So Christmas maybe fading away, but we pray that we will continue to live the story every day, and be filled with Christmas joy throughout the year. 
Amen.

 

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