01A – Advent 1A

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See also my posts from 2013, 2016, 2019, 2022

I rejoiced with those who said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the LORD!”
My feet were standing within the gates of Jerusalem;
Jerusalem – built as a city compact and secure.
There the tribes of the LORD go up
as decreed for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the LORD. 
For there the thrones for judgement were set up
the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
and security within your towers.”
For the sake of my relatives and friends
I say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,
I will seek your good.

For the First Sunday in Advent – Year A
God of the unexpected moment,
bringing form out of chaos;
separating light from the dark;
breathing life into your human creation;
enliven our hearts,
fill us with your expectant Spirit.
Break in on our world
like a flood, like a thief.
Separate the day of the age to come
from the night of our human darkness:
come in your unexpected hour.

Holy and mysterious God,
whose ways we would learn
and in whose paths we would walk,
wake us from the sleep of daily routine;
rouse us by your Spirit of life
to living and giving
for the unexpected hour
of another’s need.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 1999, 2013.

Click here for some ideas for worship in Advent and Christmas gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print) which was published by the Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia.

(A prayer to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)

Holy and mysterious spirit of grace
be present to those
whose troubles are known only to you,
those whom we name
on our lips and in our silence…
Strengthen us also
that in our following the way of Jesus
we may be your presence to others.
         (The Prayers of the People continue)

Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms

Behold! the mountain of the Lord TIS 441
Come, thou long-expected Jesus TIS 272
Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes TIS 269
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult TIS 589
Light one candle for hope TIS 286
Love Divine all loves excelling TIS 217
O come, O come, Emmanuel TIS 265
O day of God, draw nigh TIS 616
The advent of our God TIS 271
Wake, awake! for night is flying TIS 266
Isaiah 2:1-5
Behold! the mountain of the Lord TIS 441
Christ is the world’s true light TIS 238
God! As with silent hearts we bring to mind TIS 680
In suffering love, the thread of life TIS 177
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord TIS 161
Psalm 122
Dear Shepherd of your people TIS 444
When we to cleansing waters came TIS 483
Romans 13:11-14
Forth in thy name O Lord I go TIS 571
God has spoken to his people, hallelujah TIS 636
Great God, your Spirit, like the wind TIS 416
Hark! a herald voice is calling TIS 264
Now let us from this table rise TIS 530
Wake, awake! For the night is flying TIS 266
Matthew 24:36-44
Let all mortal flesh keep silence TIS 497
When he comes back TIS 280

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