Advent 2 C  


Dec. 9


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Scripture  (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):


Baruch 5:1-9 or Malachi 3:1-4
Luke 1:68-79
Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6


Advent Candle Lighting Rituals  from 2014


Call to Prayer  ©2007 David T. Chafin (tune: Hyfrydol)

Come, O God, commune here with us, as we lift to you our cares.

You, our hope and our deliv’rance, promise to receive our prayers.

God of love and understanding, you alone know heart and soul.

Listen to our intercessions, recreate us, make us whole.


Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

129 Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates

135 Blessed be the God of Israel (Psalm of the Day)

125–Come, O long-expected Jesus

153 – It came upon the midnight clear

163 –Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

700 – O day of God draw nigh

122 – Comfort, comfort you my people

711–O day of peace that dimly shines

527 More Love to Thee, O Christ

136 Christians All, Your Lord Is Coming (alt tune: Holy Manna 277)

124  Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

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.   


Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2018, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Philippians 1:3-11


Longing for the day of Jesus,

wrought in wonder, earnest joy,

come we in thanksgiving always

to arouse the life we share.

Come together in delighting

that we know our share in love.


All is gathered in the union,

in community of grace.

In this partnership of wonder

we account the flood of awe.

In the love we pray together

find completion in the Lord.


In the witness God assures us

we share yearning each to each.

For in the awaiting moment

we are joined in Jesus’ love.

Here partaking of life’s earnest,

we adore in common lore.     Suggested tune: Regent Square


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).  A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin.  Where practical, these may be offered here as well.  You may also want to visit   

This week:  The “Benedictus” is found in many settings.  Hymn #135 provides a beautiful sung setting.  137 provides the spoken version.


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Call to Worship   

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.



L: We have heard the promise:  God’s chosen One will soon be among us.

P: We must make ready our lives for the coming of the Lord. 

L: The wilderness places of our lives may threaten to overwhelm us.

P: We may easily lose our way. 

L: But the light grows stronger, day by day – the light of the glorious appearing of our Savior.

P: We will watch and wait with eager longing.



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.


Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

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; through Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)



O God whose purpose is to make peace abide among all your creatures, make of us a new people, ready to make peace among all, that your peace may reign within us, within our relationships, within our land, and around your world; this we pray in the name of the Christ who brings all peace. Amen.



As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, we would be open to your presence, O God. Free us from the seasonal sentimentality that turns our attention from the sometimes painful decision to pursue peace and justice. Through this worship, nudge us toward seeking reconciliation rather than revenge, the well-being of all rather than the victory of the few. Speak to us of peace, O God, and hear us as we pray in the name and spirit of Christ. Amen.


Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

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.


Prayers 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.


Post Communion


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.


Additional Collect


Almighty God,

purify our hearts and minds,

that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again

as judge and saviour

we may be ready to receive him,

who is our Lord and our God.


Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)

Merciful God, who sent your 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 lives and reigns with you and the Holy

Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2018, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 3:1-6


As John obeyed the call you give, O God,

to go, prepare the way

in the throes of repentance

toward the grace of forgiveness,

so now, O God, bring us boldly

in the ways made straight,

the newly planed places,

to join the coming of our Lord Jesus.


Service of Table  

While all of our congregations navigate the Sacred Board in a different way, it seems, there are common elements in most, which are provided here.  We would love to hear if your congregation has variations to these elements which we might address in the future. 


Offertory / Invitation to Give

Through our offerings, we are invited to put God first in our lives, to show our gratitude and our commitment. We owe everything to God: our lives, our health, people who love us, meaningful work and activities. Let us respond in proportion to our gratitude.



The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Upon those who have lived in the shadow of death the light has shined. With the prophet’s words, let us joyfully participate in sharing the life-giving work of God in our world today through the giving of our tithes and offerings.


Offertory Prayer

Thank you, God of Love, for the promise of this season. We are grateful for the generosity aroused in us by Christ’s coming into the world. May these gifts represent a new spirit of joyous sharing among us, for the sake of all your children everywhere. Amen.



May these gifts indeed give light to those in darkness, hope to those in despair, and justice to the oppressed, as we bring them to you as an act of sharing your love with the world. Here the proud are brought low, and the poor and broken lifted up. May it be so in all your kingdom, we pray, as we dedicate ourselves to you. Amen.


Invitation to the Table

God, who is the only source of peace, calls us to gather around a table of peace with expectation and faith, that we might not only taste and see the goodness of God, but also that we might proclaim to the world the coming of Christ’s reign of peace which has no end.  Let us heed the call, come in faith, and receive the presence of the One who will make of us a dwellingplace, a home of peace and reconciliation for the world.


Prayer of Thanksgiving (Prayers for Bread and Cup)

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)


God of all peace, we gather at your Table in expectation and faith. Send down your Holy Spirit upon us to knit us together as one people of peace, as we break this bread and drink this cup, proclaiming Christ’s death and looking forward to his coming reign of peace. May we who gather here know your abiding presence, and live confidently as makers of peace in this world which you love so dearly.



Holy One, you speak to us in silence, yet all languages interpret you. Because you call us into this community, we are able to become a gift to one another. We pray for your Holy Spirit to descend upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine, that in sharing them we may discern your presence which becomes our life. We thank you for your anointed one, Jesus, who through his life, crucifixion, death and resurrection lived fully the promise of redemptive wholeness that is available to all who would obey your creating will. We celebrate his gifts, we rejoice in your presence, loving God, now and always. Now, grant us your peace.


Conclusion:  Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.

If not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’



Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service.  Visit to learn more.

Rev. Tim Graves offers Liturgy Bits with valuable, culturally sensitive and creatively contemplative works, well worth your time.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at, 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. 


Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2018.  Calendar for 2019

Sun 2 Dec 2018. CW* Almanac and Lectionary 2018-19. Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary. for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2018. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2018 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries

using Almanac Maker. compilation © Simon Kershaw 2018 Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010-2018.


Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.


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