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Sundays after Christmas Outside

Litany based on Samuel 2 and Luke 2

Katherine Hawker, 2003

When Samuel was a boy
he worked in the temple with Eli
and worshipped the living God.

When Jesus was a child
his parents found him in the temple
listening for the voice of God.

When we were children
we came to churches
where we could hear God speaking.

Now the boy Samuel continued to grow
both in stature and favor with God.

And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years,
and in divine and human favor.

May our faithfulness and love increase
as we listen for the voice of God even now.


Litany based on John 1, altered for choral reading.

In the beginning

was the Word.

The Word was with God,

and the Word was God.

In the beginning with God.

All things came into being through the Word,

without the Word not one thing came into being.

What has come into being was life,

And the life was the light of all people.

The light shines in the darkness,

And the darkness did not

will not

can not

overcome it.