send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To you we say, "Come Lord Jesus!" Amen."
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I life;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being
Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any
child of earth,
for there is no help in them.
When they breathe their last, they return
and in that day their thoughts perish.
Happy are they who have the God of
Jacob for their help!
whose hope is in the Lord their God;
Who made heaven and earth, the seas,
and all that is in them;
who keeps his promise for ever;
Who gives justice to those who are oppressed,
and food to those who hunger.
The Lord sets prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed
The Lord loves the righteous;
the Lord cares for the stranger;
he sustains the orphan and the widow,
but frustrates the way of the wicked.
The Lord shall reign for ever,
your God, O Zion, throughout all