OPENING PRAYER: Hymn #69 Carol Christopher Drake, (b. 1933), alt.
1. What is the crying at Jordan?
Who hears, O God, the prophecy?
Dark is the season, dark our hearts
and shut to mystery.
2. Who then shall stir in this darkness,
prepare for joy in the winter night?
Mortal in darkness we lie down
blind-hearted, seeing no light.
3. Lord, give us grace to awake us,
to see the branch that begins to bloom;
in great humility is hid all heaven
in a little room.
4. Now comes the day of salvation,
in joy and terror the Word is born!
God gives himself into our lives;
O let salvation dawn!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib44LWGJJCM (The Miserable Offenders)
Holy One, who comes to us
in a season of captivity;
May we not brush off your messages
of comfort for broken hearts,
prisoners, and ALL who mourn.
May we receive and send
messages of joy instead of doom.
May our spirits, souls, and bodies
be kept in your comfort
and used to make new
the rubble left behind
from these difficult days.
Then, may our hearts overflow with joy
As we recognize you in our midst. Amen.