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Readings & Prayers | December 4th-10th, 2017

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READINGS & PRAYERS

Happy New Year! This week begins the Christian year with the season of Advent. Advent is about anticipation or waiting. We imagine ourselves as the people of Israel, hoping and longing for the coming Messiah. In Advent we also remember that Jesus’ Kingdom is not yet fully come, so we also anticipate Christ’s coming again to restore all things, making all things new.

Monday  Psalm 48 / Amos 2.6-16 / 2 Peter 1.1-11 / Matthew 21.1-11

Lord our God, help us to prepare for the coming of Christ your Son. May he find us waiting, eager in joyful prayer.

Tuesday Psalm 49 / Amos 3.1-11 / 2 Peter 1.12-21 / Matthew 21.12-22

God of mercy and consolation, help us in our weakness and free us from sin. Hear our prayers that we may rejoice at the coming of your Son.

Wednesday  Psalm 50 / Amos 3.12-4.5 / 2 Peter 3.1-10 / Matthew 21.23-32

Lord our God, grant that we may be ready to receive Christ when he comes in glory and to share in the banquet of heaven.

Thursday    Psalm 51 / Amos 4.6-13 / 2 Peter 3.11-18 / Matthew 21.33-36

Father, we need your help. Free us from sin and bring us to life. Support us by your power.

Friday Psalm 52 / Amos 5.1-17 / Jude 1-16 / Matthew 22.1-14

Jesus, our Lord, save us from our sins. Come, protect us from all dangers and lead us to salvation.

Saturday   Psalm 53 / Amos 5.18-27 / Jude 17-25 / Matthew 25.15-22

God our Father, you loved the world so much you gave your only Son to free us from the ancient power of sin and death. Help us who wait for his coming, and lead us to true liberty. 

Sunday   Psalm 54 / Amos 6.1-14 / 2 Thessalonians 1.5-12 / Luke 1.57-68

God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory.

*These readings and prayers are collected & adapted from For All the Saints: A Prayer Book For and By the Church

NEW CITY CATECHISM

Q14: Did God create us unable to keep his law?

A: No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God’s law.

FROM SUNDAY’S LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains,and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.

Many peoples shall come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob;

that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.”

For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples;

they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks;

nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!


ADVENT READING & PRAYER

Jesus once asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”

They responded: “Some say you are John the Baptist come again, some say Elijah, others say a good prophet.”

Then Jesus turned the question to them asking: “Who do YOU say that I am?”

Who is Jesus?

The prophet Isaiah told an earthly king who reigned at the time  to ask God for a sign. To LOOK for a sign. Isaiah wrote: “…the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Immanuel means, “God with us.” 

As we light this first candle we ask God to give us the light to understand more and more who Jesus really is.

Father, we cry: come, O come, Emmanuel, ransom your captive people, mourning in exile! But even as we long, and wait this advent, let us not “overlook…that with you one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. You, Lord, are not slow to fulfill your promise as some count slowness, but you are patient toward us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” We thank you for your promise and for this season of preparation. We pray in the name of Emmanuel, God with us, Jesus Christ. Amen.


CONFESSING OUR SINS

Let’s pray this prayer of confession together as we prepare to come to the table; please join with me on the underlined parts:

Merciful God, we live as if Christ, our light,  

had never defeated the darkness in the world or in us.

We confess that we ignore him whom you sent to live among us.

Forgive us for not not opening our eyes to your coming.

Let the earth ring with song. Let light break forth.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Amen.



WORDS OF ASSURANCE   


Sisters and brothers, hear now these true and comforting words:


The good news of this Advent season is forgiveness of sin and new life.


Let us commit our lives to Christ’s way of hope and peace.


Thanks be to God with us,


who comes among us,


setting us free to love and to serve.  




CLOSING SCRIPTURE

She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,  and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). (Matthew 1.21-23)

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