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        Opening Responses

Reader We are standing on the edge:
Our earth – the blue-green jewel we call home –
stands on the edge of global catastrophe:
her green forests give way to charred blackened mess
her blue skies stifled by smog
her waters discoloured by filth
her climate warming…
ALL WE ARE STANDING ON THE EDGE
THE EDGE OF LIFE - THE EDGE OF DEATH

Reader We are standing on the edge:
Earth’s creatures stand on the edge of extinction.
Myriad species crafted at the hands of the Creator –
delighting Him in their diversity –
God’s creatures vanish from the face of the earth –
and are lost forever.
ALL WE ARE STANDING ON THE EDGE
THE EDGE OF LIFE - THE EDGE OF DEATH

Reader We are standing on the edge:
human beings stand on the cutting edge of a new millennium.
Creatures made in God’s image and likeness
look into the future with fear –
standing on the edge of inescapable debt
standing at the edge of hunger and thirst –
life lived – but always at the edges…
ALL WE ARE STANDING ON THE EDGE
THE EDGE OF LIFE - THE EDGE OF DEATH

Reader We are standing on the edge:
human beings stand on the cutting edge of a new millennium.
Creatures made in God’s image and likeness
look into the future with fear –
standing on the edge of poverty
standing on the edge of homelessness
standing on the edge of addiction –
life lived – but always at the edges…
ALL WE ARE STANDING ON THE EDGE
THE EDGE OF LIFE - THE EDGE OF DEATH

Reader We are standing on the edge:
human beings stand on the cutting edge of a new millennium.
Creatures made in God’s image and likeness
look into the future with fear –
standing on the fringes of family-life
standing at the fringes of a prosperous society
standing on the fringes of what is called "normal"
life lived – but always at the edges…
ALL WE ARE STANDING ON THE EDGE
THE EDGE OF LIFE - THE EDGE OF DEATH

Reader We will follow You, Lord –
we will go where You go
and see as You see.
But when we see a world filled with pain – Lord, what hope is there?

 

        Scripture Reading - Luke 4: 16-21

 

        Closing Responses - based on the Millennium Resolution

Reader Through Christ, the Firstborn of all Creation
ALL WE PRAY FOR RESPECT FOR THE EARTH
Reader Through Christ, Prince of Peace
ALL WE PRAY FOR PEACE FOR EARTH’S PEOPLES
Reader Through Christ, King of Love
ALL WE PRAY FOR LOVE IN OUR LIVES
Reader Through Christ, Lord of the Dance
ALL WE PRAY FOR DELIGHT IN THE GOOD
Reader Through Christ, Divine Healer
ALL WE PRAY FOR FORGIVENESS FOR PAST WRONGS
Reader Through Christ, Morning Star of a new millennium
ALL WE PRAY FOR THE GRACE TO MAKE A NEW START FOR OURSELVES
AND FOR OUR WORLD
Reader And may God bless us and keep us, today and each day
ALL THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
Reader And until we meet again
ALL
MAY GOD HOLD US IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND.
AMEN

Wellspring 1999


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