Wednesday 16 December

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


Isaiah 45.6-26 | Psalm 85.8-13 | Luke 7.19-23

The Risk of Birth (Christmas, 1973)
Madeleine L'Engle

This is no time for a child to be born,
With the earth betrayed by war & hate
And a comet slashing the sky to warn
That time runs out & the sun burns late.

That was no time for a child to be born,
In a land in the crushing grip of Rome;
Honour & truth were trampled by scorn—
Yet here did the Saviour make his home.

When is the time for love to be born?
The inn is full on the planet earth,
And by a comet the sky is torn—
Yet Love still takes the risk of birth.


Holy God,
your prophets call us to look forward to the dawn of a new day;
may we who witness the promised springtime
prepare the way for the coming Sun of Justice, Jesus your Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever. Amen.
— Bosco Peters

Psalm 85. Setting by Charles Harford Lloyd.
Choir of Westminster Abbey, dir. Martin Neary, organ. Andrew Lumsden.


"That was no time for a child to be born,
In a land in the crushing grip of Rome …"

Palestinia Antiqua, a map drawn, engraved and hand colored by Sidney Hall and published in London by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green in 1826.

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