PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH: December 24, 2021: Christmas Eve and December 25, Christmas Day

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH: December 24, 2021: Christmas Eve and December 25, Christmas Day




Isaiah 9:2-7: (The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; for to us a child is born; his name is Wonderful Counsellor…)

 Psalm 96:(The Lord is king; he will judge world with righteousness and the people with his truth)

 Titus 2:11-14: (We wait for the blessed hope, glorious manifestation of our God and Savior: Jesus. He gave himself for us, redeems us, purifies for himself a people zealous for good deeds)

  Luke 2:1-20: (The Nativity of Jesus Christ)




Isaiah 52:7-10: (How beautiful are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, brings good news, announces salvation, and who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”)

 Psalm 2: (“You are my son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.)

                 RCL/ELW: Psalm 98 (Sing praise to the Lord, who comes to judge with righteousness!)

 Hebrews 1:1-12: (In many and various ways, God spoke to his people of old by the prophets; but now in these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son.)

 John 1:1-18: (In the beginning was the Word; the Word became flesh and dwelt among us; we have beheld his glory, full of grace and truth…)



If you have a good cantor, you may want to try my Deacon’s Prayer, set to “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.” Note: Take it at a nice walking pace. I wrote each intercessory phrase so that each syllable is tied to exactly one note. That makes it easy to chant! I’ve tried to indicate, with dashes, the words in the response/refrain, sung by the congregation, that contain syllables sung on multiple notes. You could even as cantor introduce the whole thing by singing the response yourself, before launching into each petition/verse.


In peace, together let us pray unto the Lord most high,

That he might give us heav’nly peace, and save us ere we die.

For peace throughout the world; the church’s health; and unity:

Refrain: O– Lord, God, have mer–cy on us, mercy on us;

O– Jesus Christ, have mer–cy on us.


For this, the holy house of God, we offer up our prayer,

For all who praise and worship him, both here and ev‘rywhere,

That through his Word and Sacraments, his Presence we might share:



For bishops, pastors, people, all the servants of God’s Word,

For those who toil and those who sing, their hearts of one accord;

For those who offer gifts and praise, we pray unto the Lord:



For public servants, government, that they be just and wise;

For all protectors of our nation and communities;

For peace and justice, health and safety, Father, hear our pleas:



For kindly weather, fruitful harvest, peaceful times, we pray;

Deliverance from evil, wrath, and danger ev’ry day;

For this, and for your sure defense and comfort, Lord, we pray:



In gratitude for saints of God who from their labors rest;

In fellowship with them, let us commend our lives to Christ,

Forever worship him, his Father, and the Spirit Blest:

Alleluia, alle—lu–ia, alleluia!

Allelu–ia, O God– most— high!




With joy and gratitude for the gift of Jesus, let us draw near to our heavenly Father in prayer, asking his mercy for the Church, the world, and all who need his loving-kindness.

A brief silence

Dear Father, thank you for giving us your Son. In Him we are bold to call you Abba, Father! Thank you for being God-with-us. Thank you for fleshing out your love, forgiveness, and peace, in a way we can approach, touch, and believe in our trembling and death-shadowed hearts. Thank you for bringing us the light of eternity in this Babe of Bethlehem, Mary’s boy, your Son, and our Savior.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless your Church throughout the world. Make it a place where all may hear the angel’s song and hasten to adore Jesus, their Lord and Savior. Shelter your persecuted Church in your arms, so they may gather to worship in peace and rise to serve you in joy.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless our guests and visitors, especially those whose faith wavers and whose hearts are heavy. Give them a glimpse of the joys you have prepared for all who love you.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless this congregation – its people and programs, its worship and service. Grace all we do with your strong saving love. Help us to freely share Jesus, today and always, with those who do not know him and with all who need him most.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless our country, this world, and all its people and creatures, with peace and good will; with health and safety; with kindness and justice; with food for body and soul; and with love for you and one another.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless everyone for whom this season of joy is dimmed by sorrow, pain, loneliness, and everything else that is inflicted by evil’s power working through human hands or natural disaster. Come with healing in your wings; with tidings of great joy; and with light and life for all.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Bless all who mourn with the certainty that you have opened heaven’s doors to all who have died trusting in your promises. Bless us each day of our earthly pilgrimage with peace and mercy, reconciliation and joy. Add lead us, at length, we pray, to your bright courts of heaven, and to your endless day.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Thank you for hearing our prayers, dear Lord. We entrust them, and our lives, into your merciful care. Amen.