Welcome to the online diary of the “London Ziegs,” as they journal their experiences relocating from the balmy climes of sunny Orlando, Florida to the more chaotically cosmopolitan environment of London, UK!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

One Candle

One of the many ways in which High Street Methodist welcomed us into their community was asking our family to perform the liturgy, reading, and lighting of the advent candle on Christmas Day. Laura led the responsive reading, I read from Isaiah (you say eye-say-uh, they say eyes-eye-uh), Jonathan completed the liturgy, and Christopher lit the candle (manfully sucking it up when he burned his palm :-)

Isaiah (however pronounced) is fun to read aloud, because it was "written" to be delivered viva voce with appropriate oratorial flair. Give it a try!
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;

those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them
has shined.

You have multiplied the nation,
you have increased its joy;

they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as people exult when dividing plunder.

For the yoke of their burden,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,

you have
as on the day of Midian.

For all
the boots of the tramping warriors
and all
the garments rolled in blood
as fuel for the fire.

For a child
has been born for us,
a son
given to us;

authority rests
upon his shoulders;

and he is named Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.

His authority shall grow continually,
and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David
and his kingdom.

He will establish
and uphold it
with justice
and with righteousness
from this time
and forevermore.

The zeal
of the Lord of hosts
will do this.
Is.9:2-7 NRSV

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