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Lord, be our light
.


(Introductory Prayers)
 


THE GOSPEL
Matthew 3:1-12

He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Not
just a reed,
blown in the wind,

John
cried out in the desert,

prepare!
Repent! Re-shape your lives.
Change your minds, change your hearts.
One is coming who brings the
Spirit.

O Christ,
meet us in the desert.
Talk to our hearts.
Set us on fire
with flames
that are
God.


THE FIRST READING
Isaiah 11:1-10

A shoot shall sprout from the root of Jesse. The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him.

Jesus,
we wait for you.

Spill your Spirit over our lives
like water rushing
down to the
sea.

Fill
us with
love of God.
Reshape us all
with God’s own peace.

Wolves,
kind to the lambs,
leopards, lounging with kids,
calves nursing with cubs of the lion

We long for this, O Lord.
Come, Lord Jesus,
come.


THE SECOND READING
Romans 15:4-9

Welcome one another then, as Christ welcomed you.

Father,
as Christ embraces us all,
give us the grace to welcome each other.

Let our thoughts sing harmony to each other
and together call praise to you,

and

do each our part to bring
peace to this
earth.


Anne Osdieck


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