Long-Awaited Gift (Luke 2:22-40)

A Litany

Holy One,

Like Anna and Simeon, we have waited.

And, like Anna and Simeon we rejoice now at the young ones who have appeared.

In an age of climate change, the seas rise along with the temperature. While her elders posture to protect resources, or argue about who is at fault, a single young woman dares to speak truth to power. As our youth are empowered, empower us at all ages to listen and then to act.

We give thanks for the energy, vitality, and leadership of the youth in our church, community, and world. Like Anna and Simeon, we rejoice!

The scourge of gun violence has affected no group so horribly as the young. Children who cannot yet read know how to hide in the event of an active shooter in their classrooms. And so, it is the young who lead the way in calling for reasonable gun controls and an end to gun violence.

We give thanks for the energy, vitality, and leadership of the youth in our church, community, and world. Like Anna and Simeon, we rejoice!

The cries of Black Lives Matter that has spilled from hearts into the streets is a rallying cry that gives voice to generations of oppression and violence. As the youth lead the way in making the social change that must come, help us to uplift their leadership. Give us the grace to get behind them, instead of standing in their way.

We give thanks for the energy, vitality, and leadershp of the youth in our church, community, and world. Like Anna and Simeon, we rejoice!

(Lift up the gifts of local youth who have shown energy, vitality, and leadership in calling for social change and justice in Christ’s name.)

We give thanks for the energy, vitality, and leadership of the youth in our church, community, and world. Like Anna and Simeon, we rejoice! Amen.

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