Reveal among us the light of your presence, that we may behold your power and glory.
Readings (Click the links to see the readings)
It is not true that creation and the human family are doomed to destruction and loss—
It is not true that we must accept inhumanity and discrimination, hunger and poverty, death and destruction—
It is not true that violence and hatred should have the last word, and that war and destruction rule forever—
It is not true that we are simply victims of the powers of evil who seek to rule the world—
It is not true that we have to wait for those who are specially gifted, who are the prophets of the church before we can be peacemakers—
It is not true that our hopes for liberation of humankind, of justice, of human dignity of peace are not meant for this earth and for this history—
So let us enter Advent in hope, even hope against hope. Let us see visions of love and peace and justice. Let us affirm with humility, with joy, with faith, with courage: Jesus Christ—the life of the world.
Lord Jesus, master of both the light and the darkness,
Christ the true vine, Icon, Athens 16th century.
"Show me your ways, O Lord: and teach me your paths. Lead me in the ways of your truth, and teach me: for you are the God of my salvation." Ps 25.3-4.
Music for Psalm 25, by Claude Goudimel (c.1514-72), Genevan Psalter 1551, with paintings by Cornelis de Man (Netherlands, 1621-1706) of churches in Rotterdam and Delft