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We all see as if we are looking into a dark glass. We only know a part. O God, grant us a humble heart. God we know that you look through justice and love so clearly. You know all our weakness. Have mercy on us. We see the cross emerging in the darkness. We embrace the twilight. God, guide us on your way. Amen

Prayer

 

We all see as if we are looking into a dark glass.

We only know a part.

O God, grant us a humble heart.

God we know that you look through justice and love so clearly.

You know all our weakness.

Have mercy on us.

We see the cross emerging in the darkness.

We embrace the twilight.

God, guide us on your way. Amen

(Pilgrim Prayer, 230, adapted)

 

♪          Silent Night  

           

Responsive Psalm 97

 

The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!
Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
    righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

 

Fire goes before him, and consumes his adversaries on every side.
His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles.

 

The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.

The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory.
 

All worshipers of images are put to shame, those who make their boast in worthless idols;
    all gods bow down before him.

Zion hears and is glad, and the towns of Judah rejoice,
    because of your judgments, O God.

 

For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.

The Lord loves those who hate evil; he guards the lives of his faithful;
    he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.

 

Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen     

 

Scripture Reading – 1 Samuel 2: 1 – 10  

 

1 Hannah prayed and said,

“My heart exults in the Lord;
    my strength is exalted in my God.
My mouth derides my enemies,
    because I rejoice in my victory.

“There is no Holy One like the Lord,
    no one besides you;
    there is no Rock like our God.
Talk no more so very proudly,
    let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
    and by him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty are broken,
    but the feeble gird on strength.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
    but those who were hungry are fat with spoil.
The barren has borne seven,
    but she who has many children is forlorn.
The Lord kills and brings to life;
    he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
    he brings low, he also exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust;
    he lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes
    and inherit a seat of honor.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
    and on them he has set the world.

“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,
    but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness;
    for not by might does one prevail.
10 The Lord! His adversaries shall be shattered;
    the Most High will thunder in heaven.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
    he will give strength to his king,
    and exalt the power of his anointed.”

 

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

 

Silent Reflection

 

Prayers of Intercession

 

God! We empathize with all the earth and all generations by the pain from the leak of

radioactive materials because of the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.

God of life, lead us to justice and peace.

 

We regard these pains as warnings against human greed for energy and the arrogance that

we can manage the powers of creation according to human knowledge rather than your creation

principles.

God of life, lead us to justice and peace.

 

In the midst of such chaos, forgive us our folly and greed in extending the life cycle of nuclear reactors that are old and should be closed down.

God of life, lead us to justice and peace.

 

The unjust energy policies and human greed for energy resources and the ensuing abuse of energy has led to nuclear energy destroying the peace of all creation in the same way as nuclear weapons.

God of life, lead us to justice and peace.

 

Radioactive materials and the impossible challenge of suitably dealing with radioactive waste is

endangering all of life on earth, and life itself for future generations.

God of life, lead us to justice and peace.

 

God, lead us to dispose of nuclear energy. Lead us to a life of mutual sustainability that responds to your creation principles and searches for alternative new sources of energy.

God of life, lead us to justice and peace.

(Pilgrim Prayer, 228, adapted)

 

The Lord’s Prayer (in our many languages) 

 

Blessing/Benediction

Keeping peace in our hearts as we go out into the world.

Help us, O God, to live with courage and love,

following Jesus, our Lord.

Guided by your Spirit’s power, who helps us share the good news far and wide,

keep alive in us your vision as we move toward your heavenly land. Amen

(Pilgrim Prayer, 227)