With the holiday last week I realized that I was cutting it close for liturgy to share for Week 2 of Advent. Thanks to all who have sent notes and comments about using the material for Week 1. Just a reminder: feel free to adapt these suggestions as needed to make them as contextual as they need to be. Good and faithful worship planning will always take context very seriously.
So on to Week 2…
Lighting of the Advent Wreath
In those days a fiery preacher from the desert came to tell the people:
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near!”
He is the one the prophet Isaiah spoke about when he said:
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.”
We light the second Advent candle in preparation for the coming of the Messiah,
in anticipation of the fullness of God’s justice and righteousness,
and remembering the call of John the Baptist
to make paths straight,
repent of our sin,
and live holy lives devoted to God.
Light the candle
Come, Lord Jesus.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Amen.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.
you sent your messenger the prophets
to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation.
Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins,
that we may celebrate aright the commemoration of the nativity,
and may await with joy
the coming in glory of Jesus Christ our Redeemer;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever. Amen. (United Methodist Hymnal #201)
Go forth from this place having seen and heard the promises of God –
the kingdom of God is near;
paths shall be made straight;
hope will come from his righteousness.
Go forth as instruments of peace and reconciliation
repenting of your sin and committed anew to sharing a life of holiness
with all people. Amen.
We have two baptisms during our service so this week is a little lighter in unique Advent material. Also, next week we have our major choir work for the season. So I’ll be sure to get Advent Week 4 and Christmas Eve out early.
Continued Advent blessings!