Howard Carter is a Presbyterian minister and church planter in Auckland New Zealand. In this blog he reflects on God, life, the scriptures, family, Church and church planting, film and media and other stuff. Join him as he reflects on the Journey.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Prayer of Thanks Giving ...Christmas eve
Loving and righteous God
In the stillness of this
night we come together to praise you for all that you are and all that you have done.
We come to give your praise for the wonderful gift of your
son Jesus Christ whose birth we celebrate. In whose life we have found hope.
We praise you that you are light and that you have chosen to
shine your light into our darkness.
We thank you for
the distant light of stars, that have guided people through the ages, that
declared the birth of Jesus to those who were far off.
WE thank you for the wondrous light of home, welcoming us
and providing warmth and security.
For family and friends who
form such an importantpart of this
We thank you for the light your people have shown into the darkest places of our world this year. For people of compassion,
people of peace,
people of justice
and people of mercy that reflects your own.
We thank you mostly for your son Jesus Christ
of the Virgin Mary He lived amongst us, was acquainted with our grief and
sorrow , joined his voice in our celebrations and knew our joy
the sick and forgave the sinner welcomed the outcast and cared for the poor and
told us of your love
Dying on the cross he paid the price for athat we had done
Being raised to life again he has made a way for us to come
to know abundant and eternal life with you as our heavenly father
We praise you that he is now at your right hand and will
come again to bring peace and justice.
When we remember what you have done for us we pray that you
would forgive us for the things we have done wrong and the good that we have
That we have not loved as you have loved
That we have preferred our darkness to your light
Forgive us we pray O Lord
Fill us afresh with your spirit this Christmas
That we might know your son in a new way
That we may show the love you have for us to those around us
That we might know the truth, and live as you told us to.
To the glory of God Father
Son and Holy Spirit Amen
Howard Carter is a Presbyterian Minister in his early fifties. He is the minister at St Peter's Presbyterian Church Ellerslie Mt Wellington. A congregaion that is wanting to face the challange of being Christ's body in a twenty first century, multi-cultural, multi-generational, suburban environment. "it's challanging", says Howard, "I feel totally inadiquate, but rely on Jesus, who is able to be strong in my weakness".
Yes he's married to Kris and has four children. So he'sboth blessed and busy.
Howard posts the messages he preaches on Sundays (the long posts with heaps of images), the occasional reflection, prayers he writes for services (when he's in a liturgical mood) and movie review.