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Eternal God, as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,so we wait for his coming in glory;bring us through the birth pangs of this present age to see, with her, our great salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Isaiah 11.1-9
Luke 1.26-55
Romans 8:22-25

The story of Mary is very important in Christianity and here the story of the birth of Jesus is used as a picture of the Christian belief that the Kingdom of God will come and bring an end to the pains that life brings to us all. This Collect uses the Christian idea that our lives on earth are the beginning of eternal life.
(Collect from Advent Sunday to Christmas Eve)

In darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Job 30:26
Psalm 18:28
Matthew 4:16
John 1:5
(Older students might like to read more of Job.)

This prayer asks God to be with us at all times, and through all our feelings whether they are good, bad, happy or sad - whether we are in trouble or joy. See again that we have three things to do; trust, serve and praise.

Lord Jesus Christ, your birth at Bethlehem draws us to kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth:
accept our heartfelt praise as we worship you,
our Saviour and our eternal God.
Amen.

Luke 2:1-20

In this Collect we are brought into the stable where we kneel and pray. When the words say that 'heaven touching earth' it is about God becoming human like us. (Collect from Christmas Day to January 5th)

Lord our God, 
on the first day of creation you made the light that scatters the darkness.
Let Christ, the light of lights, hidden from all eternity, shine at last on your people and free us from the darkness of sin.
Fill our lives with joy as we go out to welcome your Son at his coming.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.
Amen

Genesis 1:3
Luke 1:46-56 (the Magnificat)

A prayer which helps us to celebrate the gifts of God in creation and in Christ. It is a lovely prayer to use at the end of worship, or at the end of a week. It also fits very well at the time of Harvest and Christmas.

Eternal Lord, our beginning and our end: bring us with the whole creation to your glory, hidden through past ages and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Matthew 2:1-12

This Collect tells us that God has made the world and that through the life of Jesus Christ we can see the glory of God. This is a Collect for the season of Epiphany when Christ was 'shown' to the magi, the wise men. Their story shows us that the whole of creation celebrated the birth of Jesus because they saw the birth of Christ in the stars.
(Collect from January 6th onward)

Lord Jesus Christ,
light of the nations and glory of Israel:
make your home among us,
and present us pure and holy
to your heavenly Father,
your God, and our God.
Amen.

Luke 2:22-38
Luke 2:29-32

This Collect is from the story of Jesus being presented in the Temple. This was an important part of the life of a Jewish child. This story is remembered by a famous song called 'Nunc Dimmitis'. Some words from this song are found in this Collect and it uses the picture of Jesus being presented in the temple to help us think about being presented to God in worship. This story marks the end of Epiphany.
(Collect for use on February 2nd)

Son of Mary, Son of God, we have joined the worship of the angels; may we never lose that heavenly vision. Like the shepherds, we have rejoiced at the news of your birth; help us to proclaim that message in word and deed, to your praise and glory.
Amen.

Psalm 148:2
Luke 2:13-15

A Christmas prayer which works well towards the end of an act of worship. The words 'Son of Mary, Son of God' are about Jesus.

God of power,
may the boldness of your Spirit transform us,
may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us,
may the gifts of your Spirit equip us to serve and worship you now and always.
Amen.

2 Timothy 1:7

This prayer gives us a way of understanding what Christians believe the Holy Spirit does in our lives. 'Transforming' or 'changing' us, leading us and equipping us with skills and strength to serve God. 'Equipping' is a way of saying 'giving'.

Dear Almighty God, our source of safety,
we thank you for our gracious Queen and her role in our country.
Please can you bless our beautiful Queen and keep her safe and strong for the rest of her life
so that she can continue her glorious reign.
Through Jesus Christ our living friend and king.
Amen.

Micah 5:4 (Queens did not happen very much in the Old Testament)

A Collect for the Queen's 90th birthday. Her actual birthday is April 21st, there are to be national celebrations at the time of her official birthday 10-12 June.

Father of all,
you have given us your Son to be the Saviour of the World.
Welcome us your children into your kingdom to enjoy your presence now and for ever.
Amen.

Matthew Chapter 13

This prayer would work well at Christmas but it is also about God's kingdom which Jesus speaks about in Matthew's Gospel. What does it mean to be children living in this kingdom.

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