O Sovereign God!
You have humbled yourself in order to exult us.
You became poor so that we might become rich.
You came to us so that we can come to you.
You took upon yourself our humanity in order to raise us up into eternal life.
All this comes through your grace, free and unmerited;
all this through your beloved Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We are gathered here for prayer
in the knowledge of this mystery and this wonder.
We come to praise you,
to proclaim and hear your word.
We know that we have no strength to do so
unless you make us free to lift our hearts and thoughts to you.
Be present now in our midst, we pray.
Through your Holy Spirit open for us the way to come to you,
that we may see with our own eyes your light
which has come into the world,
and then in the living of our lives become your witnesses.
Karl Barth, 1886 – 1968, Swiss Reformed theologian
Prayer by Karl Barth
Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.