Monday, November 26, 2012

For December 2, 2012 -- Advent 1C

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God you call us to watch for the new thing that you are doing
but sometimes we are more comfortable with the tried and true.
You share words of promise, reminding us all that “It gets better”
but we are afraid that it might get worse, afraid of what we might lose.
You call us to live as people of hope,
but we let our fears take control, and so we are unsure how to move forward. Through your unmeasurably wide grace,
help us to move past our fears and guide us to the Promised Land.
...time of silence...
There's a wideness in God's grace and mercy. God knows our fears and our worries. And yet God is ready to overcome our fears with hope and love. Through God's grace we move forward into the wonders of birth.
Thanks be to God! Amen.

COMMISSIONING:
If you choose, you can be instruments of hope in the world.
We so choose, so we go to spread the hope and promise of a coming child.
If you choose, you can counter the voices of anxiety and despair in the world.
We so choose, so we sing songs of hope because the world can be changed
If you choose, you can fight against the fear that freezes the heart of many.
We so choose, so we will tell of the love that conquers fear, the love of a child in a manger.
The choice is ours to make, how we live into the possibilities of Christmas,
the beauty is that we do not live out the choice by our own strength.
Go with God, who feeds our hopes and quiets our fears
Always and everywhere. Amen.

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