Category Archives: Advent

A Prayer for Christmas

Let your goodness, Lord, appear to us, that we, made in your image, conform ourselves to it. In our own strength we cannot imitate your majesty, power, and wonder; nor is it fitting for us to try. But your mercy reaches from the heavens, through the clouds, to the earth below. You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts, the gift of eternal love. Caress us with your tiny hands, embrace us with your tiny arms, and pierce our hearts with your soft, sweet cries. Amen. 

— St. Bernard of Clairvaux

A Prayer for Advent

Mother of God, we sing your praises,
but we must praise you even more.
Our speech is too feeble
to honor you as we ought,
for no tongue is eloquent enough
to express your excellence.
Mary, most powerful, most holy,
and worthy of all love.
Your name brings new life,
and the thought of you inspires love
in the hearts of those devoted to you.
Amen.
–St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Daily Advent Offering Cards

Reminder:

Advent is such an entry way; occurring right after the season of harvest and Thanksgiving. It marks the beginning of a new “Christian Year.” The past year may have brought us both joy and sorrow, success and failure. We end it giving thanks for the strength that carried us through. We are grateful for what we have learned and for what we still have as the year comes to a close. We invite everyone, adults and children, to participate in “My Advent Offering” folder, which is in the back of church. Take it home with you and return on Christmas Day and offer it to the Lord, along with the gift of your heart.