Advent liturgy 11-29-2015

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Today we prepare this place for worship –

Today we prepare our hearts to worship –

~ and our souls to survive.

We are only at the beginning of Advent,

so we are still easily able to settle our minds and bodies.

Soon it will become more difficult to sit still.

Today we recognize what’s real –

We can focus on the main thing  –

~but how long will that last?

As we prepare the sanctuary for Advent,

Happily sharing our traditions,

And the stories of light and health and hope,

We have choices to make —

Will we blossom, bend or break this year?

Let’s keep the main thing – the main thing!

As we respond together:  Prepare for Love!

 

Today we will prepare our hearts.

We look for meaning and validation that we “got it right.”

We come expecting to be set free –

to find hope and peace in this most holy season.

Will we find the ever-elusive REST we also need?

Will we shine in the dark?

We crave relationship – We need each other.

Let’s keep the main thing – the main thing!

As we respond together:  Prepare for Love!

 

Today we will prepare to live in the light.

Will a single candle be enough light?

As we light one candle, then two, then three,  then four –

We are given more and more help –

Just when we need it – as the holiday season gears up

and tries to distract us.

We’ll come back here each week

and light another candle – Hope, Love, Joy, Peace, …

Guiding principles to get us through the night.

We have only to say (or sing)

“I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” –

As we light the final Christ Candle on Christmas Eve,

That’s when we’ll finally fit all the pieces together!

Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus!”

Help us to keep the main thing – the main thing!

As we respond together:  Prepare for Love!