Father in heaven, we remember that we were at one time separated from Christ, alienated from your people and strangers to your covenants, having no hope and without you in the world.
But now, O God, in Christ Jesus, we who once were far off, like magi, have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Christmas is a tribute to your grace, not our deservedness. Advent marks your coming in Christ to pluck us from our sin, and only then our coming to Christ to bow the knee in worship.
He came not to call the righteous but sinners. We own our rebellion and many failures, and gladly bow before your Son.
In his name we pray. Amen.