A prayer at Christmas with Friends
As we gather together at Christmas, we pray for all those who are alone or without loved ones. May they find new friends to share a sense of belonging with.
PRAY FOR YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. Pray that God will love them, that he will give them peace, and that they will be able to find joy in their lives.
PRAY FOR PEACE IN THE WORLD. Help us to see the good around us, even when it is hard to see; let us know that you are with us always and everywhere; help us live as your children should live—with respect for you and each other!
At Christmas we remember the incarnation of your Son,
At Christmas we remember the incarnation of your Son,
who took on human flesh and was born in a stable to a young couple from Nazareth.
He grew up in obscurity among ordinary people, but he was no ordinary man.
The King of Kings and Lord of Lords was born into this world as an infant—and he still lives with us today!
To bring us grace and strength.
We pray for grace and strength.
Grace to help us be kind and loving, and strength to face the challenges that come our way.
We thank you for our friends and family,
We thank you for our friends and family, who help us through hard times and celebrate with us over good times. They keep us from feeling alone during difficult times, give us a shoulder to cry on when we’re sad or scared, lift our spirits when we’re down. Most importantly, they make us feel loved and safe. As we gather together with them at this holiday season—to reflect on what is important in life: God’s love for all people—we pray that you will bless them with continued strength and hope as they continue to journey through life together with one another!
Who accompany us on life’s journey.
When you think about it, there are two types of people in the world: those who will be there for you when times are tough; and those who will be there for you when things are going well.
The latter group will help celebrate your achievements and successes. They want to hear about how everything worked out for you, or what an exciting adventure you had. They’ll ask questions to learn more about what happened, so they can experience those same joys themselves someday.
But the former group doesn’t do either of these things—they simply support their friends through whatever is happening in their lives (good or bad). When we consider what makes a true friend, this seems like a pretty important trait to have!
We thank you for bringing us together in this place,
Let us pray together.
Lord, we thank you for bringing us together in this place. We are grateful for the opportunity to be together and share our faith with one another. We are thankful for the chance to share our love with one another, so that we may grow closer as a community of friends. May your Spirit guide our words and actions tonight, so that all who are present may benefit from our time together—and remember what it means to have others near in times of hardship or joy throughout the year ahead. In your name we pray, Amen.
To share our faith and love with each other.
Friendship is a blessing, a gift of God. It’s a way for us to share and practice the faith we have in Jesus Christ, through our relationships with each other.
Friendship is an important part of life and can be even more important at Christmas time, when friends are often far away from each other. We live in a world where people are lonely, so it’s important to remember that friends are not only nice but also necessary for us all.
We remember all those who are dear to us but are unable to be with us today,
- We remember all those who are dear to us, but are unable to be with us today.
- We remember those who have died, and we pray that they experience the joy of our Lord’s birth in His new life beyond time and space.
- We remember those who have moved away from us, and we pray that they may share our joy as we share theirs: a joy which is not bound by place or time, but which transcends these things by its very nature.
- We pray for those who are sick or suffering in mind or body, so that they may find healing through Christ’s love and compassion.
- We also pray for those who feel alone during this season of celebration; may they know that their loneliness is shared by many others across the world at this moment, yet never forgotten by God Himself (Jn 16:27).
May they know your presence wherever they may be.
May they know the warmth of your presence throughout this holiday season.
May they find the love of a new friend or family member to share their time with.
May you bless us all with friends and family, so that we may feel a sense of belonging and not be alone on this day or any other day.
We pray for all those who are alone and without loved ones at this time of year,
- We pray for all those who are alone and without loved ones at this time of year.
- We pray for those who are lonely, or in need of love and friendship.
- May the Lord bless you, comfort you with his peace, remind you that you are one of many children whom he loves dearly, and give you strength to endure whatever trials may come your way.
May they find new friends to share a sense of belonging.
We are all part of the same community, family, world and universe. We are all part of the same God. It’s in that sense of belonging that we can learn to love each other as we love ourselves.
To take this further: you can look for a friend who is struggling with depression or anxiety or loneliness—someone who feels like they don’t belong anywhere and doesn’t feel loved by anyone else at all. You can be a friend to them because Christ has made you his own child; he sees you as one of his own children and loves you just as much as he loves any other child in his family (see 1 John 3).
May the blessing of friendship be with us today and every day.
Friendship is a blessing. It is a gift, and it is a treasure. As you celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas Eve, may your friendship be a blessing to your friends. May they know that they are treasured by you and have your support in times of need. May they feel safe in the love you have for them!
In these cold winter days when it can be hard to stay warm, may your friendship keep each other warm enough for everybody to bask in its warmth together during this season that celebrates love and family values.
We’re thankful for our friends and family.
We’re thankful for our friends and family. We’re grateful that you’ve blessed us with the opportunity to share this Christmas season with those who we love and cherish. We thank you for the endless love and joy we have found in each other, especially during this time of year when we celebrate your birth into the world.
We thank you for the blessing of friendship—the way our spirits were lifted by someone who was there when we needed them most, or how two strangers became close friends after sharing a conversation over coffee.
We thank you for the love that we share not only with those closest to us but also with people from all walks of life—people who have been there for us through good times and bad, people who gave their lives so others could live theirs in peace, people who inspire us to be better versions of ourselves every day. And finally:
We thank you for the grace and strength you’ve given us throughout our lives so far!
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