So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. v41
To the naked eye, the skies are scattered with thousands of shining stars and some shine brighter than others, however surrounding the stars is a darkness, a void which the naked eye cannot penetrate. Through Astrophysics and Science we know that the cosmos is always evolving, that new stars are being born every second, yet it is many thousands of millennium till we see them. When we are in a dark place, someone holds a hand of hope and love to us through Jesus. It may take a while before we see the fruits of that encounter, but it is there for we are changed. Look at the skies and hear the words from Acts again.
God of light and darkness, you are present in the embers of bitterness and the birthing of faith; we thank you Amen
There are many ways in which we can see the evidence of God in the world around us. Some people may be struck by the intricate beauty of a flower, while others are amazed at the majesty of the night sky, especially when there is no electrical lighting nearby. Gazing heavenwards to look at the light of distant stars, especially if using a telescope and in some remote place, and the number of stars in the vastness of the sky can be awe-inspiring. It enables us to see God not just as a small infant or a caring parent who loves us, but one who is a creator of all things.
As we light the second candle this Sunday, we think about our world, with all its complexities and its joys. Fascinated by the skies, its endless lights darting around the night skies, echo the possibilities for your Kingdom Lord. We remember people who explore the heavenly and the earthly realms; the scientists, the philosophers, the farmers and of course ourselves. Let us always remember that God, the Creator of the vastness of the heavens, and the Creator of smallest cell in our bodies, came to live among us as an infant called Jesus, to bring a light of promise to a world of darkness and doubters.
God of the stars
You walk among us yet
You flung stars into space.
You are closer than breath itself yet
You are beyond our reach.
You are a mystery and also the majesty yet
You are the promise of what is to come.
The content of the book of Job is mostly a dialogue between Job and his three friends who came to comfort him after a succession of dreadful troubles and hardship overtook him and his family.
There is a lot of general information in this amazing ancient book. However , in particular, we find reference to several star constellations that were just as recognizable to Job as they are to us. In the following passage, God refers to several heavenly constellations when He was demonstrating to Job how little he really knew about Creation.
As we light this first candle on this Advent Sunday, let us remember people we know in the world, who are or have experienced hardship just like Job. We think about church and community projects that are Gods mission to shine a light of hope into people’s suffering and turmoil. Like Job, we too gaze at the skies, just as Mary did when she experienced her baby move within her, just as Jesus lay his head down and marvel at the beauty of your handiwork and wonder what the future may hold. Let us always remember the bright love that God has for each one of us.
God of the stars
On this our first Sunday in Advent,
We thank you for the stars and constellations in the sky,
May they always remind us of your love for each one of us
A love that never fades or dims.
Wherever our journey through life takes us
May the patterns of stars in the night sky always remind us of your love for us