Sunday 17 December

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


Isaiah 61.1-4,8-11 | Psalm 126 | John 1.6-8, 19-28 |
1 Thessalonians 5.12-28

O Sapientia

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from one end to the other mightily,
and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.
(cf Ecclesiasticus 24.3; Wisdom 8.1)

Arvo Pärt (1935): Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen (1988). I – O Weisheit. Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, cond. Toni Kaljuste.

Three Wise Men

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri. Three Wise Men
Linda Syddick Napaltjarri paints the great Tingari narratives of her ancestral homelands near Lake Mackay in the Gibson Desert. Linda incorporates images of her Pintupi country and of the spirits of her late relatives as a way to remember them. The artist also paints images of the great Christian narratives which she encountered at the Lutheran mission at Haasts Bluff, and her memories of her family's first contact with white settlement when they walked in from the desert in the mid 1940s.

Lord when the wise men came from far
Sidney Godolphin (1610-1643)

Lord when the wise men came from far
Led to thy cradle by a star,
Then did the shepherds too rejoice,
Instructed by thy angels voice,
Blest were the wise men in their skill,
And shepherds in their harmless will.

Wise men in tracing natures laws
Ascend unto the highest cause,
Shepherds with humble fearfulnesses
Walk safely, though their light be less:
Though wise men better know the way
It seems no honest heart can stray.

There is no merit in the wise
But love, (the shepherds sacrifice).
Wise men all ways of knowledge past,
To the' shepherds wonder come at last,
To know, can only wonder breed,
And not to know, is wonders seeded.

A wise man at the Altar bows
And offers up his studied vows
And is received; may not the tears,
Which spring too from a shepherds fears,
And sighs upon his frailty spent,
Though not distinct, be eloquent?

Tis true, the object sanctifies
All passions which within us rise,
But since no creature comprehends
The cause of causes, end of ends,
He who himself vouchsafes to know
Best pleases his creator sue.

When then our sorrows we apply
To our own wants and poverty,
When we look up in all distress
And our own misery confess
Sending both thanks and prayers above,
Then though we do not know, we love.


O God
Who by a star
guided the wise men to the worship of your Son
we pray you to lead to yourself
the wise and great of every land
that unto you every knee may bow,
and every thought be brought into captivity
to Jesus Christ our Lord.


Sing Gloria
Lyrics by John Wheeler, music by William G. James, 1948

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