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2nd Advent
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 earth.  

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.