Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: 1 Kings 3:5-13, Psalm 148, and John 8:12-19
Christmas is a festival of light which takes place at the darkest time of the year in the northern hemisphere. It is fitting that we read Jesus’ statement that he is the light of the world.
Light is a an interesting phenomenon. It has properties that show it has waves, and properties to show that it has particles. Light travels forever through space, until reflected, refracted, or absorbed. Light travels the 93 million miles from sun to Earth in a mere 8 minutes. Light illuminates our lives and brings hope and happiness. Light displays the truth.
Ask God to show you how to be a light. You may find the following prayer helpful:
O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.