November 20 (Christ the King Matthew 25, 31-46)
All the nations will be gathered before him......and the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'
This is a different kind of king,
a king whose glory is shown forth in compassion,
a king whose honour is in love,
a king who seeks neither wealth nor tribute,
only the justice of the nations
in the service of the poor and powerless.
That we might walk humbly with you, O Christ
in whose eternity empires come and go like leaves on the wind;
putting down pride of country, church or tradition,
sensitive to your good creation and our failed stewardship,
helping us to live within limits,
giving us a sense of proportion in all things
we pray, O Christ the King,
for the glory of creation is yours
and the whole earth cries glory.
So let it be with your people.
November 27 (1st in Advent , Mark 13, 32-37)
'Keep alert, for you do not know when the time will come.' Mark 13, 33
God our rock and our salvation
so much of faith is waiting
like a pregnant woman waiting in hope
like a people under siege, holding out till relief comes
like the soul lost in the darkness,
unable to see even a glimmer of light
yet stumbling through the night because somewhere out ahead,
day will surely break
God be with us in our waiting
Living God, keep us awake in faith,
faith that acts;
when our faith grows weary, strengthen us
when our faith grows fearful, give us courage
when our faith grows despairing, give us witnesses
and when the faith of others falters,
may we be a light in their darkness.
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