Prayers for the second Sunday in Advent
Advent (can be read in preparation for the service)
Advent is a season of waiting. During Advent, we are waiting
for something to come into the world, something to be born for us and in us. It is an
expectant waiting, and it it requires not will, but willingness -- a willingness to
receive the new, the unexpected. It requires a decision to be open to the ways God will be
at work in our lives. This season is an advent-ure and we have a part to play -- waiting,
opening, staying watchful. Something new is coming. Consider that Christmas will be a time
of giving and receiving. God has a wonderful gift for you. Prepare to receive it.
Call To Worship
L: How shall we prepare this house for the coming King?
P: With branches of cedar, the tree of royalty.
L: How shall we prepare this house for the coming of our
P: With wreaths of holly and ivy, telling of his passion,
death, and resurrection.
L: How shall we prepare our hearts for the coming of the
P: By hearing again the words of the prophets, who foretold
the saving work of God.
L: For God did not send the Son into the world to condemn
the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
All: Glory to God in the Highest!
Prayer based on the Lections
by Rev. F. Schaefer
God of justice and God of mercy, on this second Sunday
of Advent we await the glorious return of your Anointed One. We also anticipate with
great joy the celebration of His coming in the flesh at Bethlehem.
We wait with confidence. We trust in your mercy, because you have
promised us through your prophet Isaiah a kingdom under the righteous rule of your
Messiah, Jesus our Lord. Yours will be a Kingdom of justice, peace, and
compassion. A world without strife, wars, hunger, and pain. While we joyfully
await your Kingdom, prepare our hearts and minds for your purposes here on
Like John the Baptist, you are sending us as messengers of light into
a darkened world; may we be able to prepare the way for Christ into the hearts of the
people in our neighborhood, community, nation, and world. God of all nations, races,
confessions, and cultures; in Christ you became one with us in our humanity. Enable us to
live as grace-filled people, spreading the good news wherever we go in Jesus name. Amen.