Nov 30, 2020

Call to Worship: Prepare the Way

Here’s a call to worship for Advent from Joanna Harader’s Spacious Faith website.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Matthew 3:1-12, Mark 1:3, Isaiah 40:3)

We come to prepare the way;
The way for Christ –
the hope of Christ, the peace of Christ –
to enter our world,
to enter our hearts.

We cry out together in the wilderness:
The kingdom of heaven has come near.
We come to be part of the light–
the light that shines in the darkness.

~ written by Joanna Harader, and posted on Spacious Faith. http://spaciousfaith.com/

Call to Worship: Wilderness


Here’s a call to worship for Advent from Ann Siddall and the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre and Faith Community.

Wilderness

We have wilderness and dry land
at the heart of Australia.
We may not venture into it very often
but we know it is there,
it has its place on our maps.

More familiar to us, however,
is the wilderness in our own hearts,
the empty spaces in our own lives,
the desert of longings
that engulf us at Christmas.

Wilderness is a hard place,
but also a place of beauty and grace,
revealed by its sunsets and sunrises,
the glow of ancient rocks,
the moon shining on the sand.

Do not be afraid
of the desert places in your life,
for it is here
that the Good News
may be heard most profoundly.
May it be so.

~ written by Ann Siddall, and posted on the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre and Faith Community website. http://stillpointsa.org.au/prayer/prayers-and-liturgies/

Nov 27, 2020

Advent Reflection: Working for Good


God is with us in our suffering,
loving us, walking with us, comforting us.

I do not believe God is the cause or author of such suffering,
I do not believe God “allows” bad things to happen.
I can’t imagine why God would “allow” us to suffer.

I believe in a God who is always working for good,
a God who is somehow able
to take horrible, rotten things
and create something out of the rubble.

God came into the world
amidst violence, oppression, and despair
and was able to bring life from that darkness,
and I believe that God is with each one of us
in our challenges and suffering,
comforting us and consoling us
and trying to bring good
out of that which was so bad.

And that is what I think makes God, God.

~ written by Loren Richmond. Posted on Worship Words. http://worshipwords.co.uk/

Advent Wreath Litany: Longest Night


Here’s an advent wreath litany for a Blue Christmas or Longest Night service during the Advent season. It was written by Tim Graves and posted on LiturgyBits.

Lighting the Advent Wreath

We look around us and feel so sad, worthless, and discouraged.
And you remain with us. 
[light first candle]

We look around and see unspeakable violence, terrorism and hatred.
And you see who humanity can become. 
[light second candle]

We look around and find ourselves sliding into anger and hatred.
And you remind us who we are. 
[light third candle]

We feel sorry for ourselves. We think something is wrong with us.
And you see the good within. 
[light fourth candle]

We look around us and see death and destruction.
But you see hope. 
[light Christ candle]

We look around and see greed, power seeking,
and fear having its day.
We are ready to give up on our human kindred.
But you never give up.
You promise that despite these tough times
you never give up on humanity.

~ written by Tim Graves, and posted on LiturgyBits. https://liturgybits.wordpress.com

Advent Prayer: O Come, O Come Emmanuel


Here’s a responsive opening prayer or prayer of invocation for Advent from Joanna Harader’s Spacious Faith website.

Prayer of Invocation for Advent

O come, O come, Emmanuel–
God with us.
Come into our brokenness;
Come into our joy.
come into our captivity;
Come into our freedom.
Come into our fear;
Come into our compassion.
Our souls have had their fill.
Have mercy upon us, O God,
And come, O come, Emmanuel. 

~ written by Joanna Harader and posted on Spacious Faith. https://spaciousfaith.com/

Call to Worship: Advent 2A

Here’s a call to worship for the second Sunday of Advent, Year A. It was written by Ann Siddall, and posted on the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre and Faith Community.

Call to worship
(inspired by Romans 15: 4-13)

Gather around,
you are welcome here,
and you will hear Good News.

In a world
where there are so many
discouraging and negative voices

it is the God of encouragement
who will speak to you today.
The God of Jesus Christ.

So come in, relax,
let your tiredness roll away.
Lift up your hearts, and listen.


~ written by Ann Siddall, and posted on the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre and Faith Community website. http://stillpointsa.org.au/prayer/prayers-and-liturgies/

Opening Prayer: Prepare the Way


Here’s an opening prayer for Advent from Bruce Prewer.

Prayer of Invocation
(inspired by Isaiah 40:3-5, Mark 1:2-3, Luke 3:4-6)

Loving God, 
be to us as a bulldozer of the spirit.
Clear your road in us;
clear a path through the detritus of possessions and obsessions.
Thrust aside our divided aims and devious games.
Topple the ramparts of pride and the doubts that deride.
Make a highway on which Christ may come
and take possession of the whole territory of our being.  
To the glory of your name we pray.
Amen!

~ written by Bruce Prewer, and posted on Bruce Prewer’s Home Page.  http://www.bruceprewer.com/