Advent One, Year A

Musical Reflection
Nobody Knows by The Lumineers



Holy Thief,
stealing away
our false securities
and idle vanity:
awaken us
from the dull sleep
that clings to empty fear
and vacant routine;
unfold on us the time of crisis
when love of truth
floods a thirsty world;
through Jesus Christ, the one who is to come.


First Reading

Nobody Knows
 by Marsha De La O

We had to imagine you even then, Ramon, your star lost,
a glimpse to die for,
all the kids galloping to Westside Park
where your gang was supposed to meet in open warfare
those bitter skinny boys from Toonerville,
well-armed, Lupe said.
And when we got there, nothing, no armies, no chucos
with long tails and zip guns, just the grass
with its stunned look, as though it never really wanted all that light.
City grass doesn’t want much of anything,
it’s not out there trembling with desire,
minds its own business, leeching slowly upward from busted pipe.
And now nobody knows what you really wanted, Ramon,
when the needle spun true north,
or why that final rush of light, flat stare of lawn
as you staggered by, seared your own throat shut.
Tonight, I’m getting to the smallest place I know,
dusk coming on slow,
the moon half full of shade,
so still it almost doesn’t want to move,
whispers a phrase to particles of blue.
Same moon you knew with its white mind watching,
same moon you walked beneath and were gone.

Second Reading
coping skills lost in the flood
by CAConrad


                   make you aching upwards of a

teenage broken phone

                           come to hear underwater
                                libraries up the side of
                                        the dinner plate a
                                        little too fast
                                          not ungrateful like
            some of  these bastards around here
can’t tap out a tune with you looking away
                      genies of not enough sleep
                               a happier location for
                                        the war not the
                       easiest thing you realize
                          beautiful architecture
                          refreshing beverages
       our signs read hello love us for
                                  the century of
                                  progress we
                                      gave you
                                    early here
                                  they are



Gospel Reading
Matthew 24:36-44

“But nobody knows when that day or hour will come, not the heavenly angels and not the Only Begotten. Only Abba God knows. As it was in the time of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Human One. In those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. They didn’t know what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. The coming of the Human One will be like that. At that time there will be two people in the field. One will be taken and the other left. Two people will be grinding at the mill. One will be taken and the other left. Therefore, be vigilant! You don’t know what day the Saviour is coming. But you understand that if the owner of the house knew at what time the thief would come, they would keep alert and wouldn’t allow the thief to break into their house. Therefore, you also should be prepared, because the Human One will come at a time you don’t know.

Musical Reflection
Fox Confessor Brings the Flood by Neko Case

Prayer for Reconciliation
by Catarina Mesquita-Reynolds (age 9), adapted

We pray for peace between countries.
We pray for people to reach out to
other people with the hand of generosity
And not to be unkind but to care;
Not to argue but to open up discussion;
To befriend and not fight or bully;
To accept others nationalities and
not to be racist.
To look for the good in other people
and not find fault in others;
Not to be bewitched by money
but to give to the poor.
Not to use religion as a weapon
but to use it as a support and actual
And finally, not to hate but
forgive and love.

The Lord’s Prayer

Most compassionate Life-giver,
may we honour and praise you:
may we work with you to establish
your new order of justice, peace and love.
Give us what we need for growth,
and help us, through forgiving others,
to accept forgiveness.
Strengthen us in the time of testing,
that we may resist all evil.
For all the tenderness,
strength and love are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

Musical Reflection
Nobody Knows the Troubles I’ve Seen by Mahalia Jackson



Bless to us, O Lord,
the earth beneath our feet;
bless to us, O Lord,
the path we tread:
our walk this day with the Creator,
our walk this day with the Redeemer,
our walk this day with the Spirit.

May the blessing of God – the Existing, the Living, and the Speaking,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.



Artwork from Chartres Cathedral

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Nobody Knows by The Lumineers

Poem Nobody Knows by Marsha De La O

Poem coping skills lost in the flood by CAConrad

Musical Reflection Fox Confessor Brings the Flood by Neko Case

Prayer by Catarina Mesquita-Reynolds

Lord’s Prayer by W Wallace

Musical Reflection Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen by Mahalia Jackson

Blessing from Celtic Daily Prayer

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