REV. CAPT. DR. JOHN S. NILES MSM
Sermon Preached at Stouffville United Church
Second in the Series “A Christmas Carol”
Prayer of Approach and Confession:
Merciful God, You are always with us,
we confess that we do not know
how to prepare for Your Advent.
We have forgotten how to hope in miracles;
we have ignored the promise of Your kingdom;
we get distracted by all the busyness of this
season. Forgive us, O Lord, and grant us again
the simple wonder of the shepherds,
the intelligent courage of the magi,
and the patient faith of Mary and Joseph,
that we may journey with them to Bethlehem
and find the good news of a child born for us.
Now, in the quiet of our hearts,
we ask you to make us ready for His coming.
Words of Assurance:
God was in Christ reconciling the world unto
himself, not counting our trespasses against us.
Therefore be assured and believe your sins are