Friday, December 3, 2010

Advent Prayer for Jesus the King

The lectionary texts this Sunday are Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72, and Matthew 3:1-12. They explore the Biblical understanding of Jesus as "King." According to this Scripture, Jesus will be a caring King who protects the poor, empowers the oppressed, and works to bring peace. This is a very different kind of power and authority than we have in many of our leaders today. So the following prayer is a call-to-worship for Jesus the King:

One: Political leaders claim power and authority.
All: Yet their laws often don’t improve the lives of widows and orphans.
One: Corporate leaders claim power and authority.
All: Yet their focus is often not on providing help for the poor and oppressed.
One: Cable news leaders claim power and authority.
All: Yet their stories often don’t mention people who can’t afford cable.
One: Academic leaders claim power and authority.
All: Yet their research often doesn’t focus on injustice in academia itself.
One: Advertisement leaders claim power and authority.
All: Yet their ads often don’t “sell” compassion and social consciousness.
One: Advent provides a glimpse into a different kind of Leader,
who claims a different kind of power and authority.
All: This Leader defends the cause of the poor.
One: This Leader gives deliverance to the needy.
All: This Leader crushes oppressive forces.
One: This Leader stands up with equity for the meek and exploited.
All: This Leader makes the lion lie down with the lamb.
One: This Leader inspires people not to hurt or destroy each other.
All: This is the Leader who we have come to follow and worship! Amen!

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