Overwhelmed by Advent Response

I am amazed by the how many people have viewed my advent video in the last couple of days. It is obvious that many of use are craving resources to help us live more intentionally into the events that are at the centre of our faith. so I thought I would try to keep the resources flowing & hope that you will also check out our upcoming Seed Sampler specifically on Advent that will be available at the end of next week.

Here is another liturgy that I wrote a couple of years ago to help me focus during Advent.

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Christ we sit in darkness but you are our light
We long for your coming into our hearts, into our lives and into our world
You are the One for whom all the peoples of the earth wait
God our world has been shaken by tsunami and earthquake and storm
Our security has been shaken by bombings and wars and economic uncertainty
We wait in anticipation expecting God’s light to penetrate our darkness and radiate within us
In the midst of our doubts and our insecurities we are reminded that you are never shaken
Your faithfulness reaches to the heavens, your righteousness to the depths of the seas anchoring our souls
We watch and wait expecting new light to shine as the season of joy approaches
You are our rock and our refuge an ever present help in times of trouble
Come down, come in, walk with us so that we trust in you and not be shaken
We wait in hope attentive to all the signs of Christ’s coming

(Silence)

God in this Advent season prepare us for the coming of Christ
God cleanse our hearts,
Renew our vision,
Transform our lives
Christ fill our hearts with love,
Inspire our vision with truth,
Grant us new life,
Spirit make our hearts willing,
Give us vision to serve,
Make our lives one with yours.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Lord come and let your light shine into the lives of all who live in darkness and in places of strife
Come and walk with us in the midst of our troubles and our weaknesses
Come into our hearts Redeemer of our lives and let your light radiate within us
Lord come to all those who live with violence or are imprisoned by bars or fears or doubts
Come and share your peace and bring freedom in the midst of all that does violence to our lives and our world
Come amongst us Prince of Peace and fulfill your covenant of love
Lord come to all who live in a barren wasteland because they are hungry in body or in spirit
Come and share your lavish abundance in the midst of a world that feels there is never enough to be generous
Come down Saviour of the world and dwell in our midst
Lord come to all who celebrate the advent of your coming into their lives and families
Come and fill us with your joy and gratitude as we await your coming again
Come to be with us Lord of Lords and fill us with the joy of your life within us

O Christ we long for your coming. Hasten the day when your followers will come from every tribe and culture and nation to sit at table in your kingdom. Hasten the day when your kingdom will come in all its glory and suffering and sickness and oppression and death will be overcome forever. Hasten the day when we will be resurrected as a great multicultural family to live in peace, harmony, joy and love together.

Come down God of love,
Come in Christ of peace,
Come amongst us Spirit of joy
Fill us with your presence
Amen