A Litany for the Third Week of Advent

by Christine Sine

Today’s litany was written with a deep longing for the fulfillment of God’s promises. It was written several years ago but I have incorporated part of yesterday’s prayer and adapted it for this year. As I mentioned in yesterday’s Meditation Monday, many of us are tired of waiting and we keep asking “How long O’God?

How long should we wait
Before we give up on a dream?
How long should we hope
Before we discard a promise?
How long God Almighty,
Before your dreams and promises
Become reality.

Yet still we believe.

The coming of our Lord is near,
Something new is around the corner,
Love, joy, peace and hope, 
We await the promise of your coming. 
The coming of our Lord is near,
Something new is appearing,
A child, a saviour, God’s much beloved son, 
We await the hope of your coming. 
The coming of our Lord is near,
Something new is being birthed,
A new heaven, a new world, a new community,
We await the long expected One.
The coming of our Lord is near,
We wait in joyful expectation for what is emerging,
Love comes down at Christmas, 
And we await your coming.

(Pause to light the appropriate Advent candles)

The coming of our Lord is near
and we await the promise of your coming,
Light of the world draw close,
Shine on us with your guiding presence,
Shine in us with your truth and forgiveness,
Shine through us with your mercy and love.
The coming of our Lord is near
and we await the promise of your coming,
Bring light and life and love into our world, 
Lead us to the fullness of life,
Where peace and righteousness kiss,
Where truth and justice embrace.

Come Lord Jesus come
You who are love incarnate,
You who give life eternal,
You who are the One in whom all things find completion,
Draw close and teach us the ways of peace.
Come Lord Jesus come,
You who are fully human yet fully God, 
Come again into our world,
Come again into our lives,
Draw close, come again and make us whole.

Scripture Readings: read appropriate scriptures for the day.

Eternal Spirit,
Earth-maker, Pain bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:

The hallowing of your name echo through the universe;
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world;
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings;
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trial too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and forever. Amen. (The Lord’s Prayer: Maori and Polynesia

God who is justice, come.
Come to refugees and victims of violence throughout the world.
God who is righteousness, come.
Come to all who have been mistreated and abused.
God who is compassion, come.
Come to all who are sick and in need of healing.
God who is love, come.
Come to all who hate and live in fear.

God still waits,
And we wait too,
To fulfill the promises
Begun in Jesus’ birth.
Come soon Prince of Peace
Bring our waiting to an end,
Come into our hurting world,
Give birth to your new world of light and love and wholeness.

Lord Jesus Christ we await your coming,
We wait filled with hope,
Knowing your light will shine in the darkness.
We wait anticipating your peace,
Believing that one day it will fill our world.
Weapons of warfare will be destroyed.
We wait embracing your love,
May we reach out to share it with our neighbours.
Both near and far.
We wait with joy,
Bubbling within us in expectation of your birth.
Lord we wait,
Come soon and fill us with your life.

Light of the world come, draw near,
In this Advent season come into our world afresh,
Draw all the world’s people into your embrace,
Open our hearts to welcome you.

Light of the world come, draw near,
Shine your star that we might follow,
Let angel choruses welcome you,
And proclaim your peace through all the earth.

Light of the world come, draw near,
Birth in us something new,
Fill the emptiness within,
Let your love overflow in us, through us, beyond us.


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