We give thanks to you God,
for the body of a tiny baby,
life and breath in a tiny ribcage.
Immanuel, God with us,
a promise of salvation.
We give thanks
for loving parents,
for the light of a star,
for the radiance of angels,
for the running feet of shepherds,
for all the joy of that first Christmas.
We thank you for tonight [today],
that you have given our bodies
life and breath this Christmas,
that we are here, now,
gathered with these people,
joined in one accord in prayer to you.
Let the light of Jesus
shine in our hearts
as we come together for worship.