Let us pray that nothing may hinder us from receiving Christ with joy.
God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome.
Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Comforting God, You have touched my heart and told me not to fear.
Thank you for offering me your gentle love.
You speak tender words to the darkness in my heart and offer gentle care in warm arms outstretched to welcome me home.
You know me so well, and I feel my heart rise in your familiar presence.
There is a flicker of hope.
Finally I will let my life be touched by the strength of your courage and I will rejoice in the news that my savior is near.