Based on Mark 13:32-37
Thank you, Eternal One, for this glimpse into the future. Around Christ’s table we see the plans you hold for our world begin to unfold. We who are so many and so varied, share at this table so simply and completely, and are fed so fully, that we understand there is indeed a possibility that one day all might live content, together.
As the weeks march on toward Christmas, keep us expectant and watchful for the signs of Christ’s coming. If there are barren places in our lives, where fuller life once flourished, then let us watch for the tender shoots of fresh life to arise from them. Let us trust that the life you offer us is not subject to ultimate death. Instead, tenaciously, resiliently, when all seems lost, it will arise, green and new and imperishable.
So help us face the chaos of life now with an eye to its subtle patterns that reveal your presence and ultimate purpose. Help us wait with open and expectant hearts. Keep us in the race, trusting you will see us through to the finish, and that your future will come and your purposes
We have learned to trust in your timing God, for you offer us sustaining gifts, large and small, every day - especially the gift of love, come to the world as Christ. And so we await Christ’s coming gratefully and hopefully. Hear us as we sing together now the words of his prayer… The Lord’s Prayer.