Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Prayer 2014: "Angels in the Stars"
Come, Breath of Life,
let us sink softly
into the stillness of this moment.
Let the last notes of our hymn
and the flickering candlelight
wash over us,
Let our sweet souls rest for now.
Knowing that the stars and moon above
shine down on us.
Their light providing constancy
in a world filled with uncertainty.
We come into this Christmas Eve
from a year lived well.
We’ve known love.
We’ve known joy.
We’ve seen justice prevail.
And justice denied.
We’ve enjoyed days where everything flowed together and made sense.
Those came next to days where confusion and sadness reigned.
Friends, each and every one of those feelings,
each and every one of those moments,
creates a life.
How do you choose to be in this world?
Do you allow yourself to see an angel anytime and anywhere? (1)
In the form of a star
or a butterfly?
In the guise of a newborn babe
or a person without a home?
Where is the angel voice pulling you? (2)
Closer to yourself,
to your community,
to your God ?
Will you allow yourself to be pulled
by a Love so great ...
Pulled into a place of possibility?
Pushed away from fears
Will you allow the angel voice
to pull you more fully into your life ...
to find the places and spaces
To become that you
who is filled with light,
whose heart sings the song of hope, love and courage.
Whose hands are busy with the work of healing the world.
Breath of Life,
hold these dear people in this room.
Let them know love. And companionship. And goodness.
May we be reminded that this night
and every night of our lives -
is a holy night.
1. From Mary Oliver poem "Angels"
2. From Kayla Mcclurg reading "Becoming Christmas"