A candle burns, the last marker of our Advent journey.
As we arrive at our journey’s end, May we arrive with wonder and worship.
As we arrive at our journey’s end, God of journeys, welcome us. ( by David Hamflett and printed in the Iona Community’s Candles and Conifers)
Hymn Angels We Have Heard on High #38
Scripture Lessons: Isaiah 9:2-7
Carol Silent Night #67
Prayer: Lord, it is Christmas, and I have traced my way to a manger by the light of a beam from a teardrop of a newborn child crying for love,
for peace, in a war-torn broken world,
filled with greed and lawlessness, with violence and destruction, draping this beautiful earth in clouds of despair, of disunity.
Lord, this Christmas, give us new hope and strength, new meaning and power to Change with love, with understanding, to face challenges with courage believing that a life centred in Thee will never fail to build a world of Peace
of Love. The Love that was born at Christmas. Amen.
…Lord, rekindle in us the dying embers of Faith with the power of the Incarnation
of the Cross
of the Resurrection
to rebuild our broken world with friendship and laughter with music and dance with your Life-giving Spirit, to weave all creation and all nations in your garland of changeless Love. Amen. (written by Savithri Devansen and printed in Gifts in Open Hands edited by Maren Tirabassi and Karen Wonson Eddy)
Carol Go Tell it on the Mountain #43