December 14, 2008

Liturgy & Benediction 12.14.08

Liturgy
On this third Sunday of Advent,
we give you thanks, our Father in heaven,
and we praise you through our Lord Jesus Christ.

You promised him as our Savior
to a humanity gone astray.
His truth is a light for those who seek,
his power gives strength to the weak,
his holiness brings forgiveness to sinners.

For he is the Savior of the world
whom you sent because you are faithful.
You have shown us through your Son, your
concern for all that is weak and wounded.

If Jesus is alive among us,
let us extend his care through us.
May the Lord continue to dwell in our world
through our love and compassion.

And so, with all the angels and believers
around the world, we proclaim your glory
and joyfully await your coming presence as we
sing our hymns of praise.

Amen.

Reflection
How tightly are we holding onto our possessions?

Is there someone in our lives that needs Jubilee?

How often do we miss hearing the good news coming from the unlikeliest of sources?

What would Jubilee look like for our neighbors and our city?

Benediction
Our Father, who art in heaven
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Go in peace and live the church.