Holy One,

whose incarnation we celebrate during these dark days of December, we turn to you.
In these final moments of the Advent season,
with the celebrations of Christmas only days away,
offer compassion to ministry personnel 
as they finalize worship bulletins,
sort out costumes for the nativity pageant
or search for the right words to proclaim your Christmas message.

Surround ministry personnel with your love,
as they share a final Advent visit,
preside at a funeral this week,
or pray with the dying.

Pour out your Spirit of patience on ministers
as they seek to fulfil their pastoral responsibilities,
in the midst of family and community responsibilities.

Help them to embody your Spirit of peace,
as they bake Christmas cookies,
wrap a gift,
attend a community concert,
or prepare a festive meal.

Throughout these days,
may ministry personnel feel your graceful presence with them,
soothing anxieties,
building confidence,
and making space for abundant love.

In the name of the babe of Bethlehem. Amen.