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    11th December 2016 – A Voice in the Wilderness

    11th December 2016 – A Voice in the Wilderness
    December 9, 2016 Judith Simms

    Sometimes, Lord, I wonder about John the Baptist.

    People came from far and near to hear him,

    So, did he have a charisma beyond the stern exterior

    With which we colour him?

    I wonder.

    He was an authentic prophetic voice

    Such as we still need to hear

    From time to time,

    But tempered with the mercy and compassion

    Which changes lives.

     

    Like those of old he responded to your call and had vision

     

    We too can respond to vision

    Offering the hope

    Which, travelling with you,

    Becomes a part of us.

     

    Grant us a sense, this Advent,

    That all is not forlorn,

    Nor lost.

    The prophetic vision these days

    Sends some out into the streets

    To tend the homeless, lost, unknowing,

    To reach a hand to pull them up

    And seek to set them on their feet.

     

    Loving God we look for your coming

    And find you already here.

     

    We praise and glorify your Holy Name.

     

    Amen.

     

    Reading: Luke 3:1-6, (7-14)

    STF 173   Into the darkness of this place

     

    Prayers for December written by Hazel Parsons

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