Almighty and most merciful Father, we come to the season of Advent with the brokenness of the world in our eyes, the cries of our fellow human beings in our ears and our own sinfulness in our hearts. We come to Bethlehem, as those who need a Savior. We come to the light because the darkness has almost overwhelmed us, but the darkness can never overcome You. We come to Bethlehem as invited guests; to see, to wonder and to be changed by the Child Messiah who is Jesus. For his sake, and by his grace, forgive our sins. Give us hope and eternal life. Help us to move through a worldly holiday of excess to a worshipful Advent and Christmas. For Jesus’ sake, and through Jesus we pray. Amen.