Reveal among us the light of your presence, that we may behold your power and glory.
Readings (Click the links to see the readings)
Advent Hands (extracts)
I see the hands of Joseph.
I see the hands of John,
I see a fist held tight and fingers blanched to white.
In this season of Advent, dear God,
"A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. … On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious. " Isaiah 11.1-2,10.
Jesse tree from Capuchin's Bible, c. 1180, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Johnny Cash. "Peace in the Valley." Billy Graham Crusade, Dallas, Texas, 1971. Written in 1937 by Thomas A. Dorsey, originally for Mahalia Jackson.
"…the bear will be gentle