Wednesday 18 December

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

O Adonai

O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel,
who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
and gave him the law on Sinai:
Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.
(cf Exodus 3.2, 24.12)

Readings (Click the links to see the readings)

Jeremiah 23.5-8 | Psalm 72.15-21 | Matthew 1.18-24 |

Isaiah 53:10

by Luci Shaw

Expectant, though never knowing quite
what he was watching for, the old man
had waited out the years of a long life
to be in the right place,
at the right time.

How many generations of crying babies
brought by new parents into the holy precincts
for dedication? How many innocent doves
wrung by the neck for their blood,
and burned on the altar? Yet, when they
came with their child and their pigeons,
and when the man Simeon, seized by Spirit,
took the infant in his arms, his eyes
looked into the eyes of God; there was
that flash of absolute knowing.

So, as the Law decreed, he gave the child
back to the Master of the Universe, singing
for joy (salvation now had come),
and grief (a sword was in his song).

Here was the fulfillment
of Simeon's expectation.
Here in the Presentation, he saw the
commencement of the Offering.

Be-Attitude: Blessed are those who mourn who wail, lament and cry out loud.


God of all those who yearn for a glimmer of assurance on the long journey home to you, come! Come with a vast storehouse of renewed dreams, hopes, and peacefulness. May we be alert at all times ready for the coming of the Lord.
—Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Justice, mercy and peace

Today is International Migrants Day. "When their rights are violated, when they are marginalized and excluded, migrants will be unable to contribute either economically or socially to the societies they have left behind or those they enter. However, when supported by the right policies and human rights protections, migration can be a force for good for individuals as well as for countries of origin, transit and destination." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Message for International Migrants Day, 2011.

Wheat fields. Ferrnando Ikoma, Curitiba , Brazil
"May there be abundance of grain in the land." (Psalm 72.16)

Arvo Pärt. Seven Magnificat Antiphons (1988-1991), no. 2: O Adonai.
Jauna Muzika Choir and Vaclovas Augustinas

… and for a change of pace, go back to the 1543 Genevan Psalter for a setting of today's Psalm, no. 72.

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

St Philip's Anglican Church, corner Moorhouse and Macpherson Streets, O'Connor, ACT 2602