Christmas prayers for school services

I came across a couple of sets of prayers which I’ve used at school Christmas services in the past, and thought I’d post them in case they’re any use to anyone. Feel free to use and adapt.

Here’s a short prayer and blessing:

Loving God,

You sent Jesus into the world to bring us peace,

May we know your peace in our hearts;

You sent Jesus into the world to bring us joy,

May we rejoice in the coming of the saviour;

You sent Jesus into the world to bring us hope,

May we live as people of hope.

Eternal God,

You sent Jesus into the world to live among us,

To shine as a light in the darkness,

To be a sign of your love for each one of us;

May we know your love in our hearts and in our homes,

And may the blessing of God Almighty,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

Be with us all and those whom we love,

This Christmas and always.

Amen.

And here’s a longer set of prayers:

Lord Jesus Christ you came to bring us peace; may your peace rule in our hearts and in the world. We pray for those places in the world where there is no peace: for countries torn apart by war and unrest; for homes and families where there is conflict; for friendships and relationships which are not as they should be. Lord God, breathe your peace into these situations, that this Christmas may be a season of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Lord Jesus Christ you came to bring us joy; may we rejoice at the coming of the Saviour. We pray for all who will celebrate the birth of Christ this Christmas, for all churches, schools and Christian communities around the world. Lord God, fill us afresh with the awe and wonder of your coming among us as a tiny child.

Lord Jesus Christ you came to bring us hope; may we live as people of hope. We pray for all those for whom hope seems far off: for those who are ill or anxious, for those in prison, for those who are homeless, for refugees. We pray particularly for those for whom Christmas is a stressful, lonely or difficult time. Lord God, shine your light in their darkness, and light up their path with your hope.

Lord Jesus Christ you came to show us the love of God for each one of us; may we know that love in our hearts this Christmas and always. You came to show us how to share that love with one another; may we be ready to love, help and serve other people in your name.

All this we pray in the name of our Saviour, Jesus Christ,

Amen.  

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