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by Beth A. Richardson

Isaiah 52:7-10

Christ Jesus comes to us this day. With the angels we sing, “Glory to God in the highest heaven.”

Together we sing for joy.

A baby has been born in Bethlehem. With the shepherds, we kneel before the manger of hope.

Together we sing for joy.

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings us good news, who announces salvation, who says to us, “Your God reigns.”

Together we sing for joy.

Sing out with praise! Hope has come to us: to poor and to rich, to old and young, to the infinite sky and the reaved earth, to people of all nations and all hues of color.

Together we sing for joy.

Break forth together in singing! Jesus is born! As we light this candle, the candle which represents Christ, let us sing with praise and joy, for Hope is born today.

Together we sing for joy. Amen.

Suggested hymn: “Joy to the World”


Beth A. Richardson has been a part of The Upper Room’s publishing ministry for more than thirty years, serving Alive Now, Weavings, and in web ministry. She is currently The Upper Room's Director of Prayer and Worship Life. She is a photographer, writer, and shares life with Jack, a very wise Scottish Terrier, and Arya, a brilliant and clever rescue dog. Follow Beth at betharichardson.org.

Credit: Advent/Christmas prayers by Beth A. Richardson. © 2011 Alive Now. Permission granted to use in corporate worship settings. From November/December 2011 Alive Now. Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room. 

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