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Unfortunately, due to a recording error, the last few minutes of the of the service were not recorded. Here from Pastor Darren’s script are the missing paragraphs.
“Borg and Crossan remind us that we have been Israel. We have experienced exile, captivity, mourning, loneliness, and longing. That longing is an epiphany of human longing. The words of that song, “O come desire of nations, bind – in one the hearts of all mankind. Bid thou our sad divisions cease, and be thyself our king of peace.”
Tonight, on Christmas, we remember the story of a couple traveling and seeking shelter. We remember their looking for a place that could offer them not only comfort, but safety, as the woman was with child. They finally found that place among the lowly animals in the manger where Mary gave birth to the Christ child… the anointed one. He was visited by magi, kings, shepherds. He was brought gifts for they knew that, in the midst of the darkness of the world, the light had come that could outshine all. They knew that hope had been born that night.
We know that this is the night when that light is come. Not in the past, not only in that baby, but in us all. We carry within us that same hope, that same grace, and we are invited to shine it into the world. As a way of bringing that promise into view, let us kindle these small candles while we sing together, Silent Night.”
“We stand together in sacred stillness, inviting the light of Christ to shine from our lives. We vow to do in this world that which is our soul’s deepest purpose. As the Maccabees, a few who overcame the many were successful, we know that the voices of the many who would strip us of hope can not overcome the voices of the few who remind us again and again that the light of the world is come – that it shines on us and from us. As we extinguish these flames, we know that the flame of love burns within us and we let it light our path as we begin a new year in service to all.
And so it is, amen.”
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