The Christmas Star at All Saints, Howick.  

Dear God
Today we are praying,
praying with our hands:
counting carol candles
typing to-do lists
putting crayons in containers
sharing communion in hospitals and homes.

Today we are praying,
praying with our bodies:
walking the dog
packing food parcels
dealing with laundry
locating the Christmas star.

Today we are praying,
praying with our voices:
testing out sermon phrases,
humming half bars of carols,
answering the phone,
encouraging our colleagues.

Today we are praying,
praying with our hearts:
save us and help us,
O come quickly,
will it all be ready?
O make me patient, make me kind.

Today we are trusting,
trusting you who made us:
trusting your grace,
your presence,
and your mercy.

Today we are praying,
we are trusting
we are hoping.
Hear the prayers we offer
for your love’s sake.


Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  Her ministry is currently both in a parish where she works with children and young people and as a counsellor and spiritual director in private practice.

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