O Lord our God, most merciful and mighty: Fill our hearts with joy and our tongues with praise as this day we keep the festival of our Savior’s birth. Let the Holy Spirit come upon us as we approach the mystery of his appearing in the flesh as a little child. Stir up in our hearts the precious gift of faith, that he may be born anew in us, and that his presence may shed abroad in our hearts the light of heavenly joy and peace. Grant this, O God, we beseech thee, for the love of Christ thy Son, our only Savior. Amen.
From The Methodist Book of Worship for Church and Home, 1965
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