Mission Devotional - December 25, 2015

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, who came to us long ago in the birth of Jesus Christ, be born in us anew today by the power of your Holy Spirit. We offer our lives as home to you and ask for grace and strength to live as your faithful, joyful children always. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck)

Scripture: Luke 2:1-14

Journal: How, or where, will Jesus be born within you or around you today? Give thanks to him. Adore him.

Reflection:

Lord of little things
you made your home
in a stable under a star
in a cradle on straw
and the little things
shone their starlit welcome
make your home with me
in the little things of my days
cards, gifts, mistletoe on tiptoe
tree tinsel, multicolored lights
and let the little things
shine their glory for you and me
once more…
(Living the Questions by Robert A. Raines)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Dan and Shelly Owens live in Uganda where Dan works with Sixty Feet. This organization focuses on ministry in Uganda in three categories: relief, rehabilitation or development. Pray today for their family as they serve there.

Worldwide Development Association has a mission to serve the church worldwide by developing Christ-like character in people and equipping them to disciple others according to the pattern Jesus used to train his disciples. Cedar Springs and Global Mission Group members Carroll and Shirley Coakley are part of this organization's international staff and serve on short-term mission teams to Myanmar. Pray today for all of the volunteers serving with this ministry.

Closing Prayer: O almighty God, who by the birth of thy holy child Jesus hast given us a great light to dawn upon our darkness: Grant, we pray thee, that in this light we may see light. Bestow upon us, we beseech thee, the most excellent Christmas gift of charity to all, that so the likeness of thy Son may be formed in us, and that we may have the ever brightening hope of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen. - The Book of Worship