Call to Worship
our God comes! Singing new songs to us.
When hope lies in tatters at our feet:
Our God comes! To mend our brokenness with love.
When we think we need to wait:
Our God comes! To reign forever in our hearts.
so we can see you cradling
the most vulnerable in our world
calling us to work at your side
to feed all who are in need.
so we might bear witness to your trust
which draws us closer to God.
to get us moving on behalf of all
who have lost their way.
so we might see you
in the barren places of life.
Holy Way Builder:
putting the finishing touches
on a new manger.
Come, God in Community, Holy in One, come,
even as we pray as we have been taught, saying,
Our Father . . .
As you forgive us, Patient God, remind us that you are not finished with us. You continue to come to us, your arms laden with the gifts of peace, joy, grace, hope and so many more, shared with us through the ongoing witness of Jesus Christ, our Savior, our Brother.
We look and we find the One who has come, bringing forgiveness and grace. Amen.
Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
May the Preparer of ways be with you!
And also with you!
Do not let your hearts be afraid, but lift them to God.
God will fill our hearts with peace and hope.
Sing praises to the One who keeps faith with us forever.
Glad songs are offered to God, who watches over us.
You did not wait
but spoke your word of imagination,
God of wonder,
and chaos became creation’s flower shop,
your holy way carved through the mountains,
your tears watered the barren lands.
You waited for us to discover
that all this goodness was for us,
but we were impatient
and followed sin into death’s fallow fields.
Prophets came in your name,
role models of faithful obedience,
but we would not travel
the road they made ready for us.
So you sent Jesus
to prepare the way
for your saving work.
So, with the ransomed who returned to you,
and those who are still imprisoned in so many ways,
we sing our praises to you:
Holy, holy, holy are you, God who does not give up on us.
All creation rejoices in this Advent season
Hosanna in the highest!
your Child, our salvation.
He comes to the barren places,
so life might blossom in us.
He comes into our brokenness,
so we might be made whole.
He comes into our silence,
telling us of your miracles of grace and hope.
He went into our death,
and comes forth bringing resurrection for all.
we bear witness to the faith which is often a mystery:
Christ will come, preparing the way for us once again.
and on your children gathered
around the Table of joyful patience.
The Bread of life strengthens us
to go and lead
the broken and lost
to the way prepared for their healing.
The Cup of grace will enable us
to bear witness of all
you are doing in our midst
so that sorrow and sighing will run off,
never to be seen or heard again.
And when you come at the end of time
to gather us with our sisters and brothers
around the Feast of Advent in glory,
we will sing our praises forever, rejoicing in
God in Community, Holy in One, Amen.
© 2013 Thom M. Shuman