toward undiminishing light – the adventurous journey – a daily liturgy for each week of Advent 2017

18 December 2017




Advent Four 24 December

Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 16.25-27

For some time now much of our world has treated mystery with suspicion. There is no reason why science should clash with religion. Science tells us how, religion tells us why. But those that divide the two are prone to elevate the one they lean towards and reduce the value and contribution of the other. For the Christian, mystery is that which is awaiting disclosure of those truths that had been hidden, or the unravelling of complexity. For us this is an adventure, the setting out from one place toward an unvisited destination. There is much to discover along the way and the further we travel and learn the more we realise there is yet to be revealed to us. Though darkness may at times set in and we feel we have accomplished little we may know that accompanying us is undiminishing Light.


God of adventurous journeys,

whose light is undiminishing

and whose love is imperishable,

grant us confidence in what we know

and trust in those promises we have yet to see fulfilled,

so that we may be honest, humble

and reliable companions

in all our travels, physical and spiritual.






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