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Thank you for visiting.
God of the covenant,
in the mystery of the cross you promise everlasting
life to the world.
Gather all peoples into your arms,
and shelter us with your mercy,
that we may rejoice in the life we share in your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
—Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Jesus, you gave us ears to hear:
Help us to hear.
May we listen to all we meet and
To those who come to us in trouble.
Remind us daily that there is a time
For silence and a time for speaking.
Show us when to speak and
When to hold our peace.
Never let us miss a cry for help
Because we are too busy talking.
Make us ready to listen to others
As we listen each day in silence to you.
Submitted by Vicki Simon, Director of Social Ministries, St. Francis Xavier (College) Church, Social Ministries Volunteers
Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Oh Lord, I am so tired. It seems like the lists of to-do’s get longer each day, the frenzy in my home each night gets wilder. It seems like the holidays have barely started and already I am behind.
Help me, dear Jesus. Let me feel your loving arms wrap me tightly in the warm embrace of your endless love. Teach me to make choices about my time, to remember what is important this season and to say “NO” whenever my Yes would take me away from your peace. Fill me with patience, love and a sense of humor. Remind me of your deep love for me and let the fire of that love be something I can share with everyone around me.
Thank God for dirty dishes
They have a tale to tell
While other folks go hungry
We’re eating very well.
With home and health and happiness
We shouldn’t want to fuss
For by this stack of evidence
God’s been very good to us.
Submitted by: Tina Saputo-Bolding, SLU Doctors Office Building