SILENCE AND CENTERING – 2 MINUTES
PRAYER FOR PRESENCE: “LORD MANIFEST YOUR PRESENCE TO US, THAT WE WOULD EXPERIENCE YOUR NEARNESS AND POWER.”
SCRIPTURE: Luke 3:7-18
If Advent is about renewal, then—as this text
about John the Baptist makes clear—it is also
about repentance. Centuries later, John’s calls to
repent still resound. We are the crowds he calls a
“brood of vipers.” We are the ones he tells to flee
from the wrath to come, because of the havoc
we wreak on our relationships and communities.
We are the ones whose presumptions to privilege
he questions. As he warns, trees that do not bear
good fruit will be axed. All that cannot tolerate the
light of truth and justice will ultimately dissolve.
What then should we do?
Share our excess clothes and food. Only take what we need.
Avoid extorting money—or anything else that is not
ours—with threats and accusations. Repentance
means changing our lifestyle. It means measuring
our use of wealth, power, and privilege against
God’s—and not this world’s—standards of truth
SPACE FOR REFLECTION: (WHICH WORD OR PHRASE STANDS OUT TO YOU. WHAT MIGHT GOD BE SAYING TO YOU?)
O God, give us power to repent. Help us see the chaos
we wreak when we misuse the wealth, power, and
privilege you have given us. Amen. and throughout the day. Amen.
THE OUR FATHER (SLOWLY PRAY THIS)
OUR FATHER WHICH ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME. THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD. AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES, AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US. AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE. FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM, THE POWER, AND THE GLORY FOREVER, AMEN.
2 MINUTES – CONCLUDE WITH SILENCE