“Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
‘Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God.
God will come with vengeance,
with terrible recompense.
God will come and save you.’
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
And the ears of the deaf unstopped;
Then the lame shall leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
And streams in the desert;
The burning sand shall become a pool,
And the thirsty ground springs of water…
A highway shall be there,
And it shall be called the Holy Way.”
Isaiah 35:3-7a, 8a.
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:46-55
Contemporary Reading: A Litany for Survival - by Audre Lorde
“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
The Rev. Seth Wispelwey
Interim Pastor of Rincon Congregational UCC.