Arise Shine- A Devotion for the Third Week of Advent based on Handel’s Messiah

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Arise, Shine
Readings and Reflection for the third week of Advent

SONGS FROM HANDEL’S MESSIAH:
For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth and The People That Walked in Darkness
For Unto Us a Child is Born

SCRIPTURES to read this week:
Isaiah 60:1-7
Isaiah 9:2-7
John 1:1-14

REFLECTION QUESTIONS for this week:

  • Where do you see people “letting their light shine” in our community?
  • What local problem or situation most needs the light and love of Christ? How will you arise and shine to address this need?

PRAYER:
Jesus, your light makes us light
What a gift to be made in your image
To reflect your grace and hope, your power and peacemaking
Hallelujah! Help us shine!

Share your light with all, near and far,
Beyond our imagining to your imagining and desiring
A beam worthy of the stretch of your embrace.
Worthy of your glory. Jesus, help us shine!

Unveiled, Bright, Shining before others and for others
So others see you in us and are drawn to your Light

You bathe us in the light of your grace, that we may be grace
You fill us with the light of your truth that we may be truth
You flood us with the light of your love that we may be love

Hallelujah!
Come Glorious One, Lord of Life and Light!
Dispel the darkness.
Reveal what is real so we no longer fear the night nor the light
Dawn in us a new day and a new us.
Help us shine!
~ Help Us Shine, by Lisa Degrenia

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Arise, Shine
A Devotion for the Third Week of Advent
based on Handel’s Messiah © 2019 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Growing in Resilience: Everlasting Light, based on Isaiah 60

healing hand lightGrowing in Resilience
Day 21, Read Isaiah 60
Reflection: Everlasting Light,
based on Isaiah 60:1-3; 19-20, NRSV

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn… The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun shall no more go down, or your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.

Everlasting Light,
Glorious, Merciful, One,
You come, we rise
Shine in our minds,
Enlighten our understanding of you and your ways
So we may do what is true and live in your light

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
Let your face shine, that we may be saved. (Psalm 80:19)

Breath of Life,
Refiner’s Fire,
You come, we rise
Shine in our eyes,
Illumine what is in need of correction and cleansing,
Spark in us your compassion and reign

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
Let your face shine, that we may be saved. (Psalm 80:19)

Jesus, Messiah,
Light of the World,
You come, we rise
Shine in our living
Shine in our glory
No more night, No more mourning
Radiant hope for us and for all

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
Let your face shine, that we may be saved. (Psalm 80:19)

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Everlasting Light © 2018 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Arise, Shine: Worship Resources for Ephiphany

Arise, Shine by allcarrots via Flickr

Worship Resource: Arise, Shine
ALL SINGING:
Traditional Service:
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed: United Methodist Hymnal #203, verse 1
Or I am Thine, O Lord: United Methodist Hymnal #419, verse 1 and refrain

Contemporary Service:
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord): CCLI #6016351, verse 1 and chorus
Or Let God Arise: CCLI #4822413, verse 1, pre-chorus, chorus

ONE OR ALL READING: Isaiah 60:1-2 (NRSV)
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you.

ALL SINGING:
Traditional Service:
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed: United Methodist Hymnal #203, verse 2
Or I am Thine, O Lord: United Methodist Hymnal #419, verse 2 and refrain

Contemporary Service:
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord): CCLI #6016351, verse 2 and chorus
Or Let God Arise: CCLI #4822413, verse 2, pre-chorus, chorus

ONE OR ALL READING: Isaiah 60:3-4 (NRSV)
Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.

ALL SINGING:
Traditional Service:
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed: United Methodist Hymnal #203, verse 4
Or I am Thine, O Lord: United Methodist Hymnal #419, verse 3 and refrain

Contemporary Service:
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord): CCLI #6016351, verse 3, chorus, ending
Or Let God Arise: CCLI #4822413, pre-chorus, chorus, chorus

The next prayer may follow the singing or may be used separately.

Prayer: Radiant Creator
ONE:
Radiant Creator,
Strong, Wise, One,
Shine in our minds,
Enlighten our understanding of you and your ways
So we may do what is true and live in your light

ALL:
Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
Let your face shine, that we may be saved. (Psalm 80:19)

ONE:
Breath of Life,
Refiner’s Fire,
Shine in our eyes,
Illumine what is in need of correction and cleansing,
Spark in us your compassion and reign

ALL:
Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
Let your face shine, that we may be saved.

ONE:
Jesus, Messiah,
Light of the World,
Shine in our faces,
Make them like Yours
Lighthouses reflecting your love;
Consistent beacons of hope to guide the world to you

ALL:
Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
Let your face shine, that we may be saved.

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Prayer: Radiant Creator © 2013 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia.
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Quotes: God's Glory

Another Universe by Kasia Turajczyk. “According to several rabbinic sages, blue is the color of God’s Glory.”

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell. – C. S. Lewis

The created universe is all about glory. The deepest longing of the human heart and the deepest meaning of heaven and earth are summed up in this; the glory of God. The universe was made to show it, and we were made to see it and savor it. Nothing less will do. Which is why the world is as disordered and dysfunctional as it is. We have exchanged the glory of God for other things. – John Piper

Extended quote by Ann Voskamp, How to Live When Life Just Hurts
They say that. That He’s the Word, and when you read His Word, you behold His glory.
Behold His glory. Theaomai. His glory. Theaomai from thaomai — “to wonder.”

Not a glancing — but a gazing.

I know — Who has really beheld Him, seen Him grave-bust a few cadavers lately,
cast out a few raving mad demons here in the last week?

There are witnesses: I’ve seen Him raise the depressed dead right out from under 180 count cotton sheets, right out from fountains of deadening alcohol and greying, rotting marriages, and I’ve seen faith that’s not fake, that pulses through old girl veins. I’m fool enough to say I’ve felt it.

Isaiah 60:19-20
The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun shall no more go down, or your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.

O Lord, this new day enable me by Thy grace to full feel Thy nearness and Thy might. Keep me facing Thy glory that I may be “changed into the same image from glory to glory.”- Oswald Chambers, Knocking at God’s Door

The glory of God is a human being fully alive, and to be alive consists in beholding God.
– Saint Irenaeus

According to several rabbinic sages, blue is the color of God’s glory.
– Kasia Turajczyk describing her love of the color blue

By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.
– Thomas Merton

Hebrews 1:1-3a
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word.