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Christmas 2014

Christmas

We are in the final run-up to Christmas, signalled by the wonderful O Antiphons.

Resources and reflections:

Here are three collect prayers for Christmas that are shared by Roman Catholics, Anglicans/Episcopalians, and many others. For each one I present my rendition, and its history and a reflection. I am always interested to hear any improvements you can suggest.

Let us pray (in silence) [that through celebrating the Incarnation we will deepen our relationship with Christ]

Pause

God,      [or Eternal God]
year by year you make us glad
with the hope of our redemption,
grant that we who joyfully receive your only begotten Son as our Redeemer
may with sure confidence behold him when he comes as our judge;
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

The history and a reflection on the above prayer is found here.

Let us pray (in silence) [with joy and hope as we await the dawning of God’s
brightness]

Pause

God,      [or God, our Creator]
you have made this most holy night
radiant with the splendour of the true light,
may we who even now obscurely share the mystery of your light
come to enjoy your light in fullness,
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

The history and a reflection on the above prayer is found here.

Let us pray (in silence) [that we may grow into the life promised at Christmas]

Pause

God,      [or God of incarnation]
you wonderfully created
and yet more wonderfully restored
the dignity of human nature;
grant that we may share the divine life
of the one who came to share our humanity,
Jesus Christ, our Saviour
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

The history and a reflection on the above prayer is found here.

These three collects are all in my free Book of Prayers in Common.

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#illridewithyou

I'll ride with you

I was choked up and tearful as the Sydney hostage crisis unfolded.

I discovered the hashtag #illridewithyou

Rachael Jacobs, riding on a train, noticed a Muslim woman quietly take off her head covering. She posted: “I ran after her at the train station. I said ‘put it back on. I’ll walk with u.” Another woman, @sirtessa, tweeted: “If you reg take the bus b/w Coogee/Martin PL, wear religious attire, &don’t feel safe alone: I’ll ride withyou. @me for schedule.” She started the hashtag #illridewithyou

If Christmas, if the incarnation means anything, at the very least it means God walking with us, God riding with you, with me, with us: black, white, gay, straight, man, woman, Muslim, atheist, Jew, Christian,…

Still reeling from the Sydney siege we awoke yesterday to the heartbreaking horror of the Peshawar school massacre in Pakistan.

The incarnation of the Source, meaning, and heart of the universe, of Reality, is not extraneous to us – it expresses and fulfils humanity at our best, of love’s response to hate, of peace’s response to terror… #illridewithyou

I'll ride with you

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Advent 4 Collect

The Annunciation

Let us pray (in silence) [that the message of God coming to save us may transform our lives] Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,      [or Pour forth, we beseech you, O God,] your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the…Continue Reading

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Videos of Note

Videos of Note

Videos of Note

In this video, some might get stuck on the language, but the essence is important – many Christians do not move beyond a “be saved by accepting Jesus as my personal Lord and Saviour” position: Based on an ancient story about hunger and sharing, this animated video is part of Caritas’ “One Human Family, Food…Continue Reading

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Ways Churches Drive Away First-timers

Unwelcome

A regular here sent me a link to a list of Ten Ways Churches Drive Away First-time Guests. Here they are: Having a stand up and greet one another time in the worship service. Unfriendly church members. (church members faking it) Unsafe and unclean children’s area. No place to get information. Bad church website. Poor…Continue Reading

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History NZ Daily Prayer

Orders of Service 1974

It is fifty years this year since NZ’s General Synod set in motion revision of the Prayer Book. The first service it authorised was the 1966 Order of Holy Communion. You can read my history of The Anglican Eucharist in New Zealand 1814-1989. The initial idea was that the 1966 ante-communion (the Liturgy of the…Continue Reading

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