Second Sunday of Christmas

PRIEST:           The Christmas celebrations are nearly over, and we have greeted the New Year:  but the Word of God has pitched his tent among us forever – for the Word is now part of our flesh,  with us wherever we are.  Never can we finish celebrating Christmas!  Never can we bring an end to the New Beginnings of God’s Grace. As we contemplate the Word made Flesh today,  let us confess before God the ways we have not allowed his Word to penetrate our lives,  his Light to enlighten our hearts and minds…

READER:     God yearns to speak his word to our hearts…
                           for the noise that dins his gentle voice out of our hearts,
for the fear of the silence that bring us before God in aloneness…

                                          LORD HAVE MERCY…

God comes to us as a vulnerable pilgrim, a tent-dweller …
                           for the times our own vulnerability makes us afraid;
                            for seeking shallow security rather than risking for the Gospel,
                            for the God who risks his Son for us…

                                          CHRIST HAVE MERCY…

God comes to share the true Light that does not dazzle but illuminates…
                            that his gentle light might scatter the harsh darkness of our sin,
                            our injustice, our denials of love…

                                          LORD HAVE MERCY…

PRIEST:    May the God who walks with us speak His Word of Mercy;
                      may the Saviour who shares our Flesh touch us with healing forgiveness;
                     may the Spirit who conceives new life in us as in Mary bring light of freedom to our every darkness
                     and bring us and our world to everlasting life…

                                              AMEN!

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