As we gather in the silence of this sacred place

As we gather in the silence of this sacred place,

let us become aware we are in

a sustaining, life-giving Presence,

active in our universe

since the first moment of its existence.

(Silence)


We marvel at life.

We celebrate ourselves as a life-form

giving the source of all that is, a unique expression

in our awareness,

in our intelligence,

and in our ability to communicate.

(Silence)


Enfolded in this Presence

may we realise that the world of the Spirit

and the world of the body

do not exist alongside one another

but within one another.


As the season of Advent begins to draw to an end

and we wait in anticipation for Christmas,

may we embrace the story of the one called Jesus.


Human like us he discerned where this Presence is found:

in the everyday,

in human interaction,

in feeding,

in caring,

in clothing,

in visiting,

in sharing,

in forgiving,

in being neighbour.


We remember his total commitment

to living fully and loving totally.


May we allow his life and teaching to motivate all that we do

so that what we profess to have seen in his life

and heard in his teaching

might be evident in our living and loving.

(Silence)


May God-in-us

find generous and courageous expression

in our words and actions

as we undertake to make the reign of God

evident in our community.

May it be so.

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