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Opening Responses
Reader 1 We gather, God of the changing seasons,
as the year turns to deepening darkness.
Winds blow wild, ice binds hard and fast;
Fog swirls over frost-brittle grass;
Stems of summer's glory await the blanketing and burdening of snow-fall.
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Reader 2 Hearts grown hard, souls grown stiff with cold
Minds burdened by worry, spirits buffeted by storm of change
Mists clouding our view of a world created wondrous
ALL KING OF WINTER, REDEEM OUR WINTRINESS
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Reader 1 Star-spangled snow reflects lustrous moonlight;
Clarity of star-light pierces black velvet skies;
Sunlight - weak yet undefeated - rests on limpid waters;
On crystal cobwebs and sherbet-traced leaves;
Seeds sleeping - awaiting the wakening touch of spring.
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Reader 2 Hearts melting, souls unfolding to warmth and radiance;
Thoughts piercing mists and confusion;
Spirits resilient, braving elemental forces;
Seeds of hope warmed into wakefulness
ALL KING OF WINTER, REDEEM OUR WINTRINESS
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Closing Responses
Reader When darkness gathers
and greyness is its inheritance
the world waits -
but does not know what it is waiting for
ALL THE WORLD WAITS IN DARKNESS
FOR THE ONE WHO BRINGS LIGHT
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Reader When frost freezes the blood
and life’s breath becomes cold mist in still air
the world waits
but does not know what it is waiting for
ALL THE WORLD WAITS
IN COLDNESS
IN BLEAKNESS
FOR THE ONE WHOSE TOUCH BRINGS WARMTH
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Reader A world sleeping - shrouded in mist
ALL SHROUDED IN SNOW
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Reader Brown branches stand against grey skies
ALL DARK GREEN LEAVES STAND THE TEST OF THE SEASON
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Reader Where are the seeds?
ALL WHERE THE SOFT GREEN LEAVES OF SPRINGTIME?
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Reader The world waits -
but does not know what it is waiting for
ALL IT WAITS FOR THE ONE WHO BRINGS LIFE
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Reader Lord, the darkness is upon us
the longest night is here -
we are waiting -
we are waiting
ALL WE ARE WAITING FOR THE COMING
OF THE ONE WHO IS OUR SAVIOUR:
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Reader The Lord of Spring-time and awakening to wonder
ALL THE LORD OF SUMMERTIME AND THE RICHNESS OF FULFILMENT
Reader The Lord of Autumn - of harvest and of gathering
ALL THE LORD OF WINTER - OF RESTING - AWAITING RE-BIRTH
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Reader We await Your coming Lord
ALL THE LORD OF ALL SEASONS
THE LORD OF ALL LIFE.
MARANATHA -
COME, LORD JESUS.

2003 Wellspring

 

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