God our Emmanuel, at Christmas we celebrate and rejoice the birth of Christ and the gift of salvation he brings to each and every one of us. Guide us to show mercy, compassion, and kindness to all of our neighbours as we remember to follow the example of Jesus. Let us also not forget in this time of celebration that there are people less fortunate than ourselves. We keep them in our prayers and thoughts this Christmas. Help us, Lord, to support them in whatever way we can. Amen.