Friday, December 9, 2011

Advent, Week 2: Love

As always, click the title of this post for a (almost always) relevant video to tie everything together.

(As adapted from the Book of Common Prayer):

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) 

The Confession:
Let us confess our sins against G-d and our neighbor:
Most merciful G-d, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; and we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in you will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen. 
Almighty G-d, have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our L-rd Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.

The Psalter (sung):
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
World without end, Amen.  Amen.

Psalm 85
Love Came Down at Christmas
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Verses 1, 3, 4, 5)
Isaiah 40:1-11

Candle Lighting: O Come, O Come Emmanuel (verses 3 and 1)

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of G-d appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

A Message from Katie Davis, Founder and Executive Director of Amazima Ministries

I want to preface this portion.  This is not a "sermon" per se.  However, Katie Davis is a living example of what it means to have Christ-like love.  Personally, I place her on equal footing with Ghandi and Mother Teresa.  At age 18, Katie went on a missions trip to Uganda.  She now lives there full time as the official adopted mother of fourteen beautiful girls, fostering others as they come along.  Simply hearing this message from Katie changed how I view my life.  I hope that it will do the same for you.

The L-rd be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.

The L-rd's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, the power,
and the glory, forever.

Prayers of the People
Each person may voice a prayer aloud, ending with “This is my prayer.”
We will respond:

“L-rd, hear our prayer.”

Response: They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love

The Advent Prayer:

Merciful God, who didst send thy messengers 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 greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit, in God, Now and Forever. Amen.

The Closing Prayer:
Almighty G-d, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: fulfill now, O L-rd, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

May the G-d of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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