command your troops to come to earth, we pray.
Send your messengers of hope to the hopeless,
your Messenger of the Covenant
to the leaders of nations all over the world.
Come, Emmanuel -- God-With-Us,
Cleanse the unholy divisiveness
that tears us apart
and restore to us
the joy of salvation!
As we journey toward Bethlehem,
may our hearts be open to receiving
he who came to be the Savior of the world,
that living in these last days --
however long they may be --
we might engage fully in kingdom work
in preparation for the time when
justice and righteousness
will reign forever
over all of your creation,
will bind our hearts
in perfect unity.