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Advent 2
 
Welcome to the Second Week
of
Advent Prayers

Prayer

In joyful expectation of his coming to our aid we pray to Jesus.

Come to your Church as Lord and judge.

We pray for All Saints and all the churches of the Diocese of Edmonton, our partner diocese of Buye and the church across Canada. Help us to live in the light of your coming and give us a longing for your kingdom.

Come, Lord Jesus.

Come to your world as King of the nations. We pray for our country. For continued truth and reconciliation to be learned and lived here. Before you rulers will stand in silence.

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Come to the suffering as Saviour and comforter. We pray for those who are in need. Those who are sick. Those who are lonely. Break into our lives, where we struggle with sickness and distress, and set us free to serve you for ever.

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Come to us as shepherd and guardian of our souls. Give us with all the faithful departed a share in your victory over evil and death.

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Come from heaven, Lord Jesus, with power and great glory. Lift us up to meet you, that with all your saints and angels we may live and reign with you in your new creation.

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Silence is kept.

Come, Lord Jesus, do not delay; give new courage to your people, who trust in your love. By your coming, raise us to share in the joy of your kingdom on earth as in heaven, where you live and reign with the Father and the Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

Amen.

Common Worship CofE

Scripture Reading

Philippians 1:3-11

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.


 

Music
The Angel Gabriel


Poetry

Waiting in December
by Karen Simons

 

Scenes of Advent: A Review

1) Mary in her room, poor girl,

startled by that angel—

he a-blaze with light and flowing robes,

she a-flutter and afraid until

he speaks his calming words.

 

Hardly calming:

You will bear a child (he says), son of the Almighty.

He will save his people from their sins.

 

 

2) Sometime later, equanimity regained,

Mary goes to see her cousin,

Old Elizabeth. She also has

a miracle to share: the child

of her old age will become the Baptist, John,

the voice in the desert proclaiming,

“Make straight the way of the Lord.”

He’ll end with his head on a platter,

but now, now he leaps in recognition

of the Lord, though both are yet unborn.

 

Then Mary sings her song,

the one we call “Magnificat”:

My soul will magnify the Lord (she sings).

He’s turned things upside-down:

He’s chosen me;

He defends the weak and the poor;

He sends the hungry rich away.

 

 

3) People stumbling around in darkness.

It’s a terrible place to be born,

the world of Augustus Caesar.

He calls himself a prince, invents the Pax Romana

(concerning which, a later Roman looking back said this:

They created a desert and called it peace).

Augustus says, “All the peoples must be counted,”

so Mary and Joseph head for Bethlehem.

 

And it’s a terrible time to be born,

the time of Herod in Judea.

He’s got a little power to protect,

and he’ll kill babies if he has to.

 

4) Eucatastrophe, a sudden turn, good news:

a rose blooms in the desert,

a shoot springs forth from the branch of Jesse,

angels sing to lonely shepherds—

 

But not quite yet.

 

We’re back here in Advent,

back here waiting with the world and Mary,

waiting in the desert and the darkness,

waiting for the rose, the birth, the light.

 

For what does Christmas mean

without the waiting?

Or the coming of the child

without the world he was born into?







Prepare
A Blessing for Advent

Strange how one word will so hollow you out. But this word

has been in the wilderness for months. Years.

This word is what remained after everything else was worn away by sand and stone. It is what withstood the glaring of sun by day, the weeping loneliness of the moon at night.

Now it comes to you racing out of the wild, eyes blazing and waving its arms, its voice ragged with desert but piercing and loud as it speaks itself again and again:

Prepare, prepare.

It may feel like the word is leveling you, emptying you as it asks you to give up what you have known.

It is impolite and hardly tame, but when it falls upon your lips you will wonder at the sweetness,

like honey that finds its way into the hunger you had not known was there.

Jan Richardson
from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons


 

Events and Resources
Morning Prayer

Tuesday mornings at 8:30am, Join us for morning prayer online (December 1st, 8th 15th and 22nd) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82189812240?pwd=NURUQTlqMW92SEJCRXhWUk1lVy82Zz09

Meeting ID: 821 8981 2240

Passcode: 423266
 

Icons and Evening Prayer

Thursday evenings in Advent (December 3rd, 10th and 17th) We will take time to pray together using Icons and evening prayer online. If you would like to join us, please follow this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84162509873?pwd=bVRCTVhJL0p1c2JoaUlSaFlrWnhtZz09

Meeting ID: 841 6250 9873

Passcode: 916882
 

Advent Conspiracy
Advent Conspiracy was founded on the radical idea that we can celebrate Christmas humbly, beautifully, and generously. Advent is the story of a wondrous moment when God entered our world to make things right. It is the greatest story ever told and it changes everything—including the way we celebrate Christmas.

Free at home resources are available on their  website:   https://adventconspiracy.org/

 
Family. Faith. Life
Every Sunday, log into Family. Faith. Life to see a Diocesan wide children's ministry. You can register for a free account at https://familyfaith.life/login .



 
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