We lit the candle in the darkness.
We lit it in church and in our hearts,
Praying that its light would never be quenched.
We marvelled once again
At the Father’s precious gift
And smiled as we gazed at the newborn baby.
Lord Jesus, your birth brought
The light of Hope
And we pray continually
For that Light to lift
The gloom and despair and danger
That stalks the world.
We pray for the smile in the Light of your face
To give us courage as we ourselves
Bring your Light of Hope wherever we go.
So we pray for your face to shine
Where hopes are diminished;
Your eyes to smile
Where hurts need to heal;
Your arms to enfold
Where people feel pushed away.
As we gaze towards another New Year
We ask to tread lightly in your Way
Step by step
Carrying your Light of Hope,
Sparkling with your gift
Of eternal Joy.
God with us
Amen Hazel Parsons
Reading. John 1:1-14
SthF. 175. Light of the world