An Advent Liturgy: Day 21

An Advent Liturgy: Day 21

Matt 2 : 1 – 6

About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,  “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. 4 He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:

‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah,
are not least among the ruling cities[c] of Judah,
for a ruler will come from you
who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’
You revealed yourself first to the least
Then to the stranger

You move in ways we don’t expect

You came not to a city of splendour
But to humble village, of forgotten descent

You move in ways we don’t expect.

You disturb the comfortable
When you walk in the room

You move in ways we don’t expect.

Today we pray that you would reveal yourself to us
We ask you to continue being present in this place
We ask you to disturb our comfort as you walk among us
And move again in ways we do not expect.

Amen

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