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Revd Sara's Reflections - w/c 10th December 2023

A CELTIC LITURGY FOR WEEK 2 OF ADVENT

John 1:6-9


In the lonely places

The wilderness

Where we stand forlorn

Windswept and alone

Your voice calls out - Prepare a way for the Lord


In the dark places

The shadows

Where we hide our fears

Embrace our tears

Your voice calls out - Prepare a way for the Lord


For the desert places in which we walk

The streets we roam

The paths we cross

Guide our feet

Take us to places

Where you would go

Give us words that you would use

That in this Advent season

Of promise and preparation

We might point the way with John the Baptist

To the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

O come, Thou Day-spring, from on high,And cheer us by thy drawing nigh;Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel - Shall come again and with us ever dwell

 

Circle us, Lord

Circle us with the light of your presence, bright within this dark world

Enable us to be overcomers of fear and temptation

Enable us to be victors over sin and despair

Enable us to become that which you would desire

Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation - Circle us with the light of your presence


Circle us, Lord

Circle our family within the shelter of your outstretched arms

Protect them in each moment of their daily lives

Protect them in the decisions that they face

Protect their homes and relationships

Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation

Circle our families with the light of your presence


Circle us, Lord

Circle this nation with Advent love and hope

Create a desire to listen to the Advent message

Create a willingness to understand and respond

Create a need to reach out to the Christ Child

Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation

Circle our nation with the light of your presence


Circle us, Lord

Circle this world with the joy of your Salvation

Where there is sickness and disease bring healing

Where there is hunger and despair bring hope

Where there is torture and oppression bring release

Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation

Circle this world with the light of your presence


Lord, thou hast given us thy Word for a light to shine upon our path;grant us so to meditate on that Word, and to follow its teaching,that we may find in it the light that shines more and more until the perfect day; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

may you continue to prepare the way


love and prayers Revd Sara






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