Christmastide 1994: Receiving the Gift of Life
THE SEEKERS CHURCH
A Christian Community
n the Tradition of the Church of the Saviour
Receiving the Gift of Life
Something is afoot in the universe; a result is working out which can best be compared to gestation and birth: the birth of a new spiritual reality formed by souls and the matter they draw after them.
Tielhard de Chardin
CALL TO WORSHIP (Unison)
Thus says the Sovereign One:
"Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
Proclaim, give praise, and say,
God has saved the people of the Covenant,
the remnant of Israel."
WORD FOR THE CHILDREN
CHILDREN LEAVE FOR CLASSES
LITANY OF NEW BEGINNINGS
Leader:In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
People:We heard the Word as children,
when it was only sound,
before we knew that words had power to create.
Leader:The Word was in the beginning with God,
all things were made through the Word,
and without the Word was not anything made
that was made.
People:We know that words create ideas, arguments,
values and agreements.
What is this Word
through which all things are made?
Leader:In the Word is life, and the life is the light of all.
People:We long for life and light…
for hope and peace for all the world.
Unison:The light shines in the deepest night,
AND THE NIGHT HAS NOT OVERCOME IT!
Holy God, who moves through all we know,
creating all that is, we confess the smallness of our faith. It is easy, these cold, grey days,
to lose sight of hope reborn in Jesus Christ.
Our world is full of fear, and pain, and suffering.
The light that shines despite the darkness
is shrouded in fog.
We do not see the possibilities
that only You can bring to life.
Forgive us for the limits of our faith.
INDIVIDUAL PRAYERS OF CONFESSION
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
full of grace and truth;
we have beheld the glory of the Word,
glory as of the only Child of God.
And from the fullness of the Child have we all received,
grace upon grace.
God chose us in Christ,
before the foundation of the world,
to be God's children through Jesus Christ,
according to the purpose of God's will.
Go forth in joy to be part of God's unfolding mystery.