O God we give thanks for the richness of life
A tapestry of constant change that drifts through the seasons of our lives
Milestones of our earthly existence
Already Autumn’s gold has given way to winter’s frost, snow and ice
Short days and long nights where the joy of spring and the rich fullness of summer seem almost a distant memory
But here in our special hour of gathering together, in worship we reach out to the eternal, that inner light that shines through the darkness of winter
A light that shine through the very depths our soul reminding us of our unity with God and of the Christ Child who is constantly amongst us waiting to be recognised and to be born.
And as we recall the beautiful mystery of countless nativity scenes, real and symbolic, let us reclaim the innocence of the child through the joy and wonder of Advent and the anticipation of Christmas in this special time of preparation and giving
So that love and compassion may be made manifest in a world of human injustice and want.
Lord, we give thanks for all you have bestowed upon us, forgive us if we fail in our gratitude or forget that your loving presence is always with us.
In the darkest of these winter months let us anticipate the midnight hour filled with light and love and life, the birth of a child, let us carry this joy within our hearts; now and forever more. Amen