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Advent 2 C
Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):
Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:
Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
Hymn of Praise: 129 Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates
Hymn of Prayer: 527 More Love to Thee, O Christ
Hymn of Invitation: 136 Christians All, Your Lord Is Coming (alt tune: Holy Manna 277)
Communion Hymn: 124 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (or see alternate noted in Psalm of the Day)
Dismissal/Missional Hymn: 121 Prepare the Way of the Lord
More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.
Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:
Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). The “Benedictus” is found in many settings. Hymn #135 provides a beautiful sung setting. 137 provides the spoken version.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2012, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Philippians 1:3-11
Abounding more and more
in all the gifts of God
the peace and glory of the Lord
are brought to bloom in faith.
Thankful for past designs
and for continued care,
we celebrate the welling faith
that bonds us in the Lord.
Come in the weal of God;
come to rejoice afresh
that in the wonder of our faith
Christ’s warm affection reigns.
Begun in mystery
and raised in earnest hope
complete the joy we share in life
as Christ’s blithe glory flows.
SM Suggested tune: St. Thomas
If using readers at the lighting of the Advent Wreath, you may wish to visit the Advent Sundays posted in 2010 (read from bottom of page toward the top for those entries), and adapt them as desired for the texts given in this year.
Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (created or adapted by the editor)
Friends, we have heard the promise: God’s chosen One will soon be among us. We must make ready our lives for the coming of the Lord. The wilderness places of our lives may threaten to overwhelm us, and we may easily lose our way. But the light grows stronger, day by day – the light of the glorious appearing of our Savior. Let us watch and wait with eager longing.
Call to Worship (created or adapted by the editor)
L: We celebrate the coming of the Promised One in whom dwells the spirit of God –
P: The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
L: The spirit of counsel and might,
P: The spirit of knowledge and awe.
L: We bear witness to the fulfillment of God’s promises in Jesus, by living in that same spirit.
P: We will open ourselves to the presence of God in our lives and seek to live as God’s witnesses.
Prayer of Approach (adapted by the editor)
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. O God, you have truly brought to all the earth the hope of peace in your Son Jesus Christ. By the example of his life, the words of his lips, and the wondrous act of your resurrection power, we have seen and known the extent of your love and grace. Help us in our worship and in all of our lives to faithfully live after the pattern he has set for us, and to glorify you in all that we do; for we pray as he taught us saying…
Intercessions (created or adapted by the editor)
O God of all, God of shalom, we come before you with hearts seeking to know and understand the words of the prophets, the words of the angels, the words of peace that rise around us in this holy season. We pray that you will open us to the meaning of peace, that you will teach us the way of peace, that we will indeed understand your will for justice for all of your world. Help us to be faithful to the call that you have put on our hearts to live as people of hope.
This joyous season puts many demands on our lives. We pray that you would slow us down, open our hearts, and our eyes, that we may see the beauty of the season, feel the joy of hope and peace alive within us and live our days in celebration.
For so many this season is, however, a season of sadness and pain. So many are struggling with illness, some with routine colds and flu, while others are touched with illness that threatens their lives. We pray that you will touch us all with your healing balm and that you will look with favor and blessing upon them. May we all understand the gift of life that you have given us.
Give us grace and hope to live our days as your people, for it is Jesus’ coming that we celebrate and it is through his name that we lift our prayers, for he is indeed our Christ, the Prince of Peace.
RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP
O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power
and come among us,
and with great might succour us;
that whereas, through our sins and wickedness
we are grievously hindered
in running the race that is set before us,
your bountiful grace and mercy
may speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honour and glory, now and for ever.
Father in heaven,
who sent your Son to redeem the world
and will send him again to be our judge:
give us grace so to imitate him
in the humility and purity of his first coming
that, when he comes again,
we may be ready to greet him
with joyful love and firm faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2011. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2011 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2011; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010. The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010. Version 2012-1.2 30 October 2011. http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary
Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails, archived here at the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving Site, for each Sunday’s service.
You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.
Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University.
Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw(Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful. Read more here.