November 30, 2008

Liturgy & Benediction 11.30.08

Liturgy
There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars.
We have walked and lived in darkness, but we have seen a great light…
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The Wise Men and shepherds saw signs that foretold Jesus’ coming 2000 years ago.
Today we don’t look for a single brilliant star to follow or for angels singing in the heavens.

We look for other signs that Jesus is with us, signs that:

…we are feeding the hungry, healing the sick,
…clothing the naked, caring for the poor,
…working for justice and righteousness at home and in our city.

And so we watch and wait, staying alert and waiting again for the coming of Jesus
as we light a single candle in preparation for that glorious day.

Reflection
How can you continue to meditate this text during the first week of Advent?

What would it look like to honor the simplicity of Christ’s birth today?

What does Advent mean to our neighbors and our city?

Benediction
In darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Go in peace and live the church.