December 7, 2008

Liturgy & Benediction 12.07.08

Liturgy
We are sent;

In the name of God, the Father of the poor;
In the name of Jesus, the Son of justice;
In the name of the Spirit, the spirit of mercy;

To live out God’s promise,
A promise that transforms and makes us new;
providing signs of hope
to all who struggle for a new world
of justice and peace.

May we be steadfast in faith,
untiring in love and joyful in hope,
bringing peace into every corner of our city.

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Today is the second Sunday in Advent – the time when we prepare once again for the coming of Jesus.

We light a candle each week to remind us that Jesus brings light into the dark places of the world.

God promises a messenger to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord. We wait in faith for this promise to be fulfilled…

And so we light one candle of hope to proclaim that God’s light is coming into the world.

We light a second candle of peace to proclaim that God’s promises will be fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ – our Prince of Peace.

Reflection
What does the Gospel message mean to you as we prepare for Advent?

What might keep you from simply living the gospel versus merely presenting the gospel?

How can we help prepare the way for Christ to our neighbors and our city?

Benediction
O God, look with compassion on the whole human family;
take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts;
break down the walls that separate us;
unite us in bonds of love and work through our struggle and confusion
to accomplish your purpose on earth;
that in your time and by your only Son’s sacrifice,
all nations and races may live in harmony.
We go and ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Go in peace and live the church.