Advent, Christmas, Prayers for Pastors

Let Your Face Shine (a prayer for pastors)

01abf20dc041d9c5c9b732144d6d4811e2a254ec50Around the middle of the tree
the lights have gone dark.
We’ve checked all the bulbs,
but cannot find the problem.
How can we get the lights on?

Restore us, O LORD God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.

From church comes a call.
The organist has (choose one):
a) broken a limb;
b) gone to the hospital for surgery;
c) attempted a coup.

Restore us, O LORD God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.

The Weather Channel sends an alert.
Ice is in the forecast,
an inch will coat the roads.
Travel is dangerous, and church
should probably be cancelled.

Restore us, O LORD God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.

We have worked so hard,
prepared so faithfully for
this last Sunday before
Christmas, 4th Advent,
day of Love and Light.

Restore us, O LORD God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Some of us will preach to seven people,
and some to three hundred, but whether
the congregation holds scholars who unnerve us
or people who have never opened the Book themselves,
give us a good word to say.

If they stay home
(the congregation we expected)
because of the weather,
or leave early for vacation,
please bless them anyway.

Restore us, O LORD God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Give us patience for the small tasks,
for turning on the lights.
Give us courage for the hard ones,
the judgment calls and anxious scrambles.

Remind us that in the end,
Christmas will come.
Christ will not be stopped
by a failed string of lights,
or a missing worship leader,
or a weather emergency.

Restore us, O LORD God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.*

*Psalm 80:19, NRSV

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