December 20, 2009

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 12.20.09

Liturgy
In this Advent season,
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.

Reflection
What are we excited about for this coming advent week?

How can you be God’s voice this week?

Who or what is your focus on this advent season?

What are some traditions we can create to remember Christ’s birth?

Benediction
Take time, in the business of this season, for quiet reflection
For the light of God’s love is discernible everywhere.

We will let ourselves be surprised by wonder,
And set aside time to offer quiet thanks.

The good news of Advent is this:
Christ is coming to the world.
Christ is always coming.

We will welcome Christ into our hearts.
We will let ourselves be guided by his ministry.
We will go forth from this place in hope.

In the name of the Father,
of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Go in peace and live the church. See you throughout the week.

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