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    4th December 2016 – Preparation

    4th December 2016 – Preparation
    December 2, 2016 Judith Simms

    Sometimes we long to ask,

    Gracious God,

    For you to come with power, with majesty

    And might – to strike awe

    Into the peoples of the world.

    We want you to

    Make a Difference:

    To challenge and punish brutality;

    To soothe and disperse depression;

    To heal, make whole, the sick.

    This is what we want:

    The list is endless.

     

    But it seems to me that what you want

    Is quite different.

    You want hearts that are open to you,

    Minds that choose your way

    Not their own,

    You want us to be free:

    Free of the ties that bind us to greed

    And power, envy and self serving.

     

    You want to release generosity

    Hope and love

    Into a sometimes loveless world

    That you, beyond our understanding,

    Go on and on

    Loving.

     

    As once again we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus

    Renew our hope,

    Open our eyes to see the good and the positive;

    Open our hearts to seek healing for those

    Whose dark thoughts

    Damage themselves and others.

     

    Loving God, we look for your coming

    And find you already here.

     

    We praise and glorify your Holy Name

    Amen.

     

    Reading:   Jeremiah 1:4-8, John 3:16-21

    STF 174     Light a candle in a darkened place

     

    Prayers for December written by Hazel Parsons