Federated Church of Marlborough
Marlborough, New Hampshire
Eve Prayer - December 24, 2018 Rev. Sandy Daly
God of life and love, whose good
news often comes in surprising packages, open our
eyes and ears to see and hear your message in the
gifts of love all around us..
Gracious God, we come to you with hearts made full
by this holy season with its lights, its sounds,
its memories, its hopes… and most especially, by
its message of peace, and good will to all…good
will to ALL, O Lord.
In the birth of Jesus you have given our weary
world reason to hope, reason to understand
vulnerability and compassion. In the helpless cry
of an infant you offer hope to all who cry out. By
the light of a star you have helped us find our
We thank you, good and generous God, that in Jesus
you have made yourself known and have beckoned us
to join you in the continuing creation of a world
where the wolf and lamb shall dwell together and
justice will roll down like waters.
Create in us, O God, hearts devoted to shaping
that world, and bless especially those for whom
such a world seems only a distant dream— the poor,
the imprisoned, the lonely, the despised… those
who are without shelter or food, by the ravages of
nature, war, or political decree. We pray for
those who are sick in body, spirit or mind.
Surround with your love those who are far from
home, those who are in harm’s way, and those who
serve the cause of peace.
Open our hearts to the joy-filled news of angels
and the wonder of shepherds that our faith may be
renewed. Grant us the strength and will to make
meaningful the good news of your love.
Grant that those whose lives we
touch may hear in our words and see in our actions
evidence of that love.
These things we ask, trusting in your care for us,
today and always. Amen.