Call to Worship, Opening Prayer: Christmas Eve

Here’s a responsive call to worship for late Advent.  It was written by Rev. Gord, and posted on his blog, Worship Offerings.

Call to Worship, Opening Prayer

We count it in mere hours now.
Soon the first pains of labour will be felt.
Soon the Light will shine in the darkness,
soon the baby will be born. 
Soon God will once again break into our lives,
coming in a way that is expected yet unusual,
challenging our expectations
and calling us to see life differently. 

God of birth, God of light,
in this time of song and prayer and silence,
reawaken in us the awe of Christmas.
As we hear again the story of a young woman and a surprising visitor,
remind us that we are called to respond to you in unexpected ways. 
And when we leave this place,
may we be willing to sing praises
for a young woman who said YES
and the birth that we prepare to celebrate. 
We pray in the name of the child
who even now is starting to push from the womb,
who would later teach his friends to pray saying
Our Father….

~ posted by Rev Gord on his blog, Worship Offerings.