Dismissal for St. Nicholas Sunday
Blessing of the Candy Cane Staff
Gracious and loving God,
we give you thanks for the example of your servant,
Nicholas, Bishop of Myra.
We rejoice that he is a holy symbol of joy for people of many lands.
We pray that Nicholas may be our example too,
coming to us as our friend as we prepare again to meet Jesus.
May these candy canes, shaped like the staff of Nicholas,
be a sign of your love.
Go now and prepare the way for our God.
Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you,
and give and receive like Nicholas of Myra.
And may God grant you harmony with one another;
May Christ Jesus fill you with joy and peace in believing;
And may the Holy Spirit empower you and fill you with hope.
From Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Tucson, Arizona. Blessing of the Candy Cane Staff adapted from www.stnicholascenter.org; Advent Blessing adapted from Nathan Nettleton, South Yarra Community Baptist Church, Melbourne, Australia.