Thursday 5 December

Reveal among us the light of your presence, that we may behold your power and glory.

Readings

Isaiah 26.1-6 | Psalm 118.19-25 | Matthew 7.21-27 |


Advent (On A Theme by Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
by Pamela Cranston

Look how long
the weary world waited,
locked in its lonely cell,
guilty as a prisoner. As you can imagine,
it sang and whistled in the dark.
It hoped. It paced and puttered about,
tidying its little piles of inconsequence.
It wept from the weight of ennui,
draped like shackles on its wrists.
It raged and wailed against the walls
of its own plight. But there was nothing
the world could do
to find its own freedom.
The door was shut tight. It could only be opened
from the outside. Who could believe the latch
would be turned by a pink flower—
the tiny hand
of a newborn baby?

Prayer

Blessèd are you, Sovereign God,
our light and our salvation;
to you be glory and praise for ever!
May we who walk in the light of your presence
acclaim your Christ, rising victorious,
as he banishes all darkness from our hearts and minds,
and praise you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Blessèd be God for ever!
Celebrating Common Prayer.

Nativity
Lalo Garcia (Mexico and California). Nativity.

Music for Advent by Timothy Broege.
I. Venni Emmanuel
II. Interlude I
III. Picardy
IV. Interlude II V.
Karin Gargone (Organ) Keith Calmes (Guitar)
Recorded at The Presbyterian Church on the Hill (Ocean, New Jersey)



May the Lord, when he comes, find us watching and waiting. Amen.