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Advent Devotional Liturgies – Week of Love

We won’t get to enjoy Advent in the sanctuary this year. We’ll be worshiping on living room couches and at kitchen tables. But even when we’re apart, we recognize our togetherness—with one another, with God—through our worship.

This year, we encourage you to join in worship by lighting Advent candles and sharing in a weekly liturgy, either with others or alone. You can say the liturgy every day with your family, substituting scripture readings for the appropriate day. Or you can light a candle on Sunday to mark a new week.

Join us as we prepare to receive the Christ child—God’s love incarnate for you.

 

FOURTH WEEK OF ADVENT – LOVE

 

OPENING SENTENCES

 

The Lord shall come when morning dawns,

and earth’s dark night is past.

As the sentry waits for the daybreak,

so my soul hopes for the Lord.

 

PRAYER

 

Holy God,

the mystery of your eternal Word took flesh among us

when Mary, without reserve, entrusted her life to you.

Strengthen us by the example of her humility,

that we may be ready to do your will

and welcome Christ:

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE

 

Light one pink and two purple candles. While lighting the third purple candle, say:

 

We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ.

As the Lord has promised in days to come:

The Lord will give you a sign.

Look, the young woman is with child.

She shall bear a son,

and name him Emmanuel: “God is with us.”

 

Beginning Christmas Eve, you may light the Christ candle in the center of the wreath.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

 

see list below

 

CANTICLE

 

29“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.”    

Luke 2:29-32

 

DISMISSAL

 

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ

be with your Spirit. Amen.

Galatians 6:18

 

Bless the Lord.

The Lord’s name be praised.

 

***

 

Week Four Scripture Readings:

 

Sunday, Dec. 20 Fourth Sunday in Advent

Morning: Pss. 24; 150

Evening: Pss. 25; 110 Isa. 28:9–22 Rev. 20:11—21:8 Luke 1:5–25

 

Monday, Dec. 21

Morning: Pss. 122; 145

Evening: Pss. 40; 67 Isa. 29:9–24 Rev. 21:9–21 Luke 1:26–38

 

Tuesday, Dec. 22

Morning: Pss. 33; 146

Evening: Pss. 85; 94 Isa. 31:1–9 Rev. 21:22—22:5 Luke 1:39–48a (48b–56)

 

Wednesday, Dec. 23

Morning: Pss. 50; 147:1–11

Evening: Pss. 53; 17 Isa. 33:17–22 Rev. 22:6–11, 18–20 Luke 1:57–66

 

Thursday, Dec. 24 Nativity of the Lord / Christmas Eve

Morning: Pss. 18:1–20; 147:12– 20

Evening: Pss. 132; 114 Isa. 35:1–10 Rev. 22:12–17, 21 Luke 1:67–80

 

Friday, Dec. 25 Nativity of the Lord / Christmas Day

Morning: Pss. 2; 146

Evening: Pss. 98; 96 Zech. 2:10–13 1 John 4:7–16 John 3:31–36

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Advent Devotional Liturgies – Week of Joy

We won’t get to enjoy Advent in the sanctuary this year. We’ll be worshiping on living room couches and at kitchen tables. But even when we’re apart, we recognize our togetherness—with one another, with God—through our worship.

This year, we encourage you to join in worship by lighting Advent candles and sharing in a weekly liturgy, either with others or alone. You can say the liturgy every day with your family, substituting scripture readings for the appropriate day. Or you can light a candle on Sunday to mark a new week.

Join us as we prepare to receive the Christ child—God’s love incarnate for you.

 

THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT – JOY

 

OPENING SENTENCES

 

The Spirit and the church cry out:

Come, Lord Jesus.

All those who await his appearance pray:

Come, Lord Jesus.

The whole creation pleads:

Come, Lord Jesus.

 

PRAYER

 

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, ruler of the universe,

creator of light and darkness.

In this holy season,

when the sun’s light recedes in the growing darkness,

renew your bright promise among us,

made visible in Jesus Christ, your Son.

Through your Spirit, who spoke through prophets,

who gathers your Church, who enlivens our hearts,

give vision to our souls, to see your glory in the presence of Jesus.

Strengthen us where we are weak,

encourage us as we go about your work,

and free our tongues to sing your praise,

forever and ever. Amen.

 

LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE

 

First, light two purple candles and then the pink candle. When lighting the pink candle, say,

 

We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ.

As the Lord has promised in days to come:

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,

the desert shall rejoice and blossom;

Like the crocus is shall blossom abundantly,

and rejoice with joy and singing.

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

 

see list below

 

CANTICLE

  

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

            Luke 1:46b-55

 

DISMISSAL

 

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ

be with your Spirit. Amen.

Galatians 6:18

 

Bless the Lord.

The Lord’s name be praised.

 

***

 

Week Three Scripture Readings:

 

Sunday, Dec. 13 Third Sunday in Advent

Morning: Pss. 24; 150

Evening: Pss. 25; 110 Isa. 13:1–13 Heb. 12:18–29 John 3:22–30

 

Monday, Dec. 14

Morning: Pss. 122; 145

Evening: Pss. 40; 67 Isa. 8:16—9:1 2 Pet. 1:1–11 Luke 22:39–53

 

Tuesday, Dec. 15

Morning: Pss. 33; 146

Evening: Pss. 85; 94 Isa. 9:2–7 2 Pet. 1:12–21 Luke 22:54–69

 

Wednesday, Dec. 16

Morning: Pss. 50; 147:1–11

Evening: Pss. 53; 17 Isa. 9:8–17 2 Pet. 2:1–10a Mark 1:1–8

 

Thursday, Dec. 17

Morning: Pss. 18:1–20; 147:12–20

Evening: Pss. 126; 62 Isa. 9:18—10:4 2 Pet. 2:10b–16 Matt. 3:1–12

 

Friday, Dec. 18

Morning: Pss. 102; 148

Evening: Pss. 130; 16 Isa. 11:1–9 Eph. 6:10–20 John 3:16–21

 

Saturday, Dec. 19

Morning: Pss. 90; 149

Evening: Pss. 80; 72 Isaiah 11:10–16 Rev. 20:1–10 John 5:30–47

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Advent Devotional Liturgies – Week of Peace

We won’t get to enjoy Advent in the sanctuary this year. We’ll be worshipping on living room couches and at kitchen tables. But even when we’re apart, we recognize our togetherness—with one another, with God—through our worship.

This year, we encourage you to join in worship by lighting Advent candles and sharing in a weekly liturgy, either with others or alone. You can say the liturgy every day with your family, substituting scripture readings for the appropriate day. Or you can light a candle on Sunday to mark a new week.

Join us as we prepare to receive the Christ child—God’s love incarnate for you.

 

SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT – PEACE

 

OPENING SENTENCES

The Lord shall come when morning dawns,

and earth’s dark night is past.

As the sentry waits for daybreak,

so my soul hopes for the Lord.

 

PRAYER

 

We praise you, O Lord our God, Ruler of all things,

by whose word the shadows of evening fall.

your wisdom opens the gates of morning;

your understanding orders the changes of time and seasons;

your will controls the stars as they travel through the skies.

You are the Creator of both night and day,

making light recede before darkness,

and darkness before light.

 

Living and Eternal God, rule over us always,

through day and night, light and dark,

through all season and celebrations,

as we look for the light of the Savior.

Illumine our hearts, that we might find him. Amen.

 

LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE

 

Light two purple candles. When lighting the second candle, say,

 

We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ.

As the Lord has promised in days to come,

The wolf shall lie down with the lamb,

the leopard shall lie down with the kid,

the calf and the lion and the fatling will lie down together,

and a little child shall lead them.

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

 

see list below

 

CANTICLE

 

68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.
69 He has raised up a mighty savior for us
in the house of his servant David,
70 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71     that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
72 Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,
and has remembered his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham,
to grant us 74 that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,
might serve him without fear, 75 in holiness and righteousness
before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
by the forgiveness of their sins.
78 By the tender mercy of our God,
the dawn from on high will break upon us,
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Luke 1:68-79

 

DISMISSAL

 

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ

be with your Spirit. Amen.

Galatians 6:18

 

Bless the Lord.

The Lord’s name be praised.

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