Nov 7, 2011

Opening Prayer for Advent

Here’s a beautiful prayer for the start of Advent worship, written by John van de Laar and posted on his website.

Advent Prayer

God of Surprising Generosity and Unexpected Grace,
We have come to witness a miracle;
to prepare our hearts for a new invasion of Your Light;
We have come once again
  to open our souls and our lives
  to the divine birth.
And in this sacred moment we ask for Your gentle Presence
to captivate and challenge us.
For Jesus’ sake. Amen.

— John van de Laar, in A Liturgy for Advent and Christmas, on his website.  Be sure to visit that site for many other excellent worship resources for Advent and Christmas worship.

For more worship resources for the season of Advent, see this index of Advent Worship Resourcesor click on Advent 1, 2, 3, or 4 in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page. 

For other prayers and prayer resources on this blog, see this Scriptural Prayer Index or this Topical Prayer Index.