December 11, 2016 – Jon Ritner
Our Advent teaching series, “The Nativity Scene,” looks at the Christmas story as it was first seen and experienced from the unique perspectives of Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, the Magi, and Jesus himself. A different Ecclesian will teach each week to bring the five perspectives to life for us as modern readers.
Today Ecclesia lead pastor Jon Ritner teaches on the Shepherds.
ADVENT PRAYER: LIGHT OF THE WORLD, COME
In this Advent season we await the coming of Christ.
Light of the World, come,
Come to the oppressed and exploited,
Come to the despised and rejected,
Come to all in whom your divine image is distorted.
We wait in joyful expectation.
Come not as a man of power, but in love and compassion,
Come to the outcast – like the shepherds in the fields,
Come to foreigners – like Magi watching from afar,
Come to rich and poor, young and old, male and female,
We wait in hopeful anticipation.
Come to bless all creation with your love,
Come to bring salvation on the earth,
Come to rule with justice and in peace.
Come Light of the World, illuminate the path on which we’ve been sent.
We wait with all the peoples of the earth,
Light of the World, we welcome your coming,
And recognize your Kingdom on this Earth.
Responsive Reading Benediction
We now go out to live the Jesus story,
All: A story in which we get to play our part.
To tell of the Hope that is being born among us this Christmas,
All: To share the Love of Christ with the world,
To be agents of Peace in times of trouble,
All: To sing songs of deep and abiding Joy.
As we go, may we join in the mission to declare the good news of Jesus that offers great joy to all people. Amen.
from Jon Ritner