“This is no time for a child to be born,
With the earth betrayed by war & hate
And a comet slashing the sky to warn
That time runs out & the sun burns late.
That was no time for a child to be born,
In a land in the crushing grip of Rome;
Honour & truth were trampled by scorn –
Yet here did the Saviour make his home.
When is the time for love to be born?
The inn is full on the planet earth,
And by a comet the sky is torn –
Yet Love still takes the risk of birth.”
The Risk of Birth, Christmas, 1973, by Madeleine L’Engle
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 2: 1-5 Matthew 24: 36-44
Contemporary Reading: How the Light Comes by Jan Richardson
“We can’t be expected to leave the unhappy and angry parts of ourselves at the door before coming in. We all need to feel that we can bring the whole of ourselves to the people who care about us.” – Fred Rogers
Scripture Reading: Psalm 46
Contemporary Reading: “I realize that it isn’t very fashionable to talk about some things as being holy; nevertheless, if we ever want to rid ourselves of personal and corporate emptiness, brokenness, loneliness, and fear, we will have to allow ourselves room for that which we cannot see, hear, touch, or control.” – Fred Rogers
“What we would like to do is change the world--make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended them to do. And, by fighting for better conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, the poor, of the destitute…we can, to a certain extent, change the world; we can work for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening circle will reach around the world. We repeat, there is nothing we can do but love, and, dear God, please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbor, to love our enemy as our friend.” – Dorothy Day
Scripture Reading: Luke 21: 5-19
Contemporary Testimony: Humpbacks - by Mary Oliver
Worship Leader: Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey
“God does not determine everything, but presents a vision of beauty and the energy to achieve it for every moment of experience.”
― Bruce G. Epperly, Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God
Scripture Reading: Psalm 126
The Rev. Seth Wispelwey
Interim Pastor of Rincon Congregational UCC.