Here we stand, Lord,

utterly overwhelmed

by the sheer fullness of your love …

by your light shining in the darkness …

by your Incarnate Word

living among us …

loving us …

beyond our capacity to comprehend.

You promised it.

Your prophets foretold it.

Your messengers proclaimed it.

Even commoners from the fields declared it.

But like those who walked the streets of Bethlehem,

we find it difficult to welcome you …

to embrace your teaching …

to believe what we cannot touch with our own hands

or see with our own eyes

or hear with our own ear.

Perhaps, like Herod of Jerusalem,

we are confounded by the interest of foreign nations …

frightened by what we do not understand …

marred by our own insecurities …

jealous of a power we cannot harness.

Shine your healing,

transforming

light

into us,

and around us,

and through us,

O God.

Awaken us to your presence

in our lives …

to your continues pouring

of grace upon grace,

molding us

and shaping us …

past, present, and future …

into the children of God

you have called us to be,

that we may reflect that light

upon others,

through grace upon grace:

welcoming,

embracing,

declaring,

proclaiming,

LOVING

in all we say and do.

Amen.


Julie Gvillo is Commission Pastor (PCUSA) and Founder and Creative Executive Director of A Place of Grace. Julie shares liturgy written on RCL passages each week on her blog, Point of Contact: Where Life and Worship Intersect.


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