Monday, December 21, 2015

Litany for First Sunday in Advent 2015

Candle-lighting Litany 
Nov 29 (1st Sunday in Advent):
In those days there will be signs--
In the sun, in the moon, in the stars,
There will be distress among nations on earth,
And confusion from the roaring of the sea and the waves.

And yet, God says, "I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel.
I will cause a righteous branch to spring up.
And this branch will bring justice and righteousness into the land."
Then, everyone born will find a place at the table,
And for everyone born, a star will shine overhead.

We in 2015 live in a time of distress among nations...
We see violence and injustice in our world,
We see hunger and hurting across the earth.

As we light this first Advent candle,
We hope for justice and peace for our world.
And yet we wonder...
Are we to be God's branch?
Is God calling us to be creators of justice and joy?
What will God's signs for us be?
What light will shine our way?

Leader: In hope we anticipate the One who is to be born, and together we pray.
All: Come, Emmanuel, Come!
                                Litany by K. K. Hudson-Bates

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