02A – Advent 2A

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Psalm 72:1-7,18,19 
O God, give your justice to the king,
and your way of acting to put things right to the son of the king.
May he judge your people with your way of acting to put things right,
and your poor with justice.
May the mountains bring forth prosperity for the people,
and the high places your way of acting to put things right.
May he judge the poor of the world,
saving the poor, and breaking those who oppress.
May he live as long as the sun,
and in the presence of the moon, for all generations.
May he be like the rain on mown grass,
like gentle rain on the drought-baked earth.
May your way of acting to put things right sprout forth in his days
and well-being abound until the moon is no more.
Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
And blessed be the glorious name of God for ever,
and may the glory of God fill all the earth.

For the Second Sunday in Advent – Year A   (in Cinquain form)
One voice
telling the world,
“The kingdom is quite near”:
shouting, out in the wilderness
“Turn now”.

Who shouts
“Prepare the way”?
Who calls the world to change –
and seeks to have it turn around
to God?

This sharp,
prophetic, voice
which calls, is sent from God;
a messenger for him who is
to come.

How then
shall I prepare?
Joining in pious haste,
those leaning on ancestral faith
long past?

No, Lord:
let me reflect
the way you dwell in me:
living outward, bearing your fruit
each day.

Steadfast and encouraging God of hope
we come in gratitude and longing,
with our lives and symbols of our living.
Present in our brokenness,
we trust in your faithfulness. Amen.

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

A CREATIVE MOMENT – (a) Matthew 3:1-12 While the blue cloth is a reminder of last week’s reading and reference to the Flood, this week it becomes a symbol of John the Baptist and baptism. Additional symbols might be sandals ands a leather belt; rough, angularstones symbolising the wilderness and children of Abraham; and an axe.

Click here for some ideas for worship in Advent and Christmas gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print) originally 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.)

Steadfast and encouraging God of hope,
may your Word be a sustaining presence
those whom we name
on our lips and in our silence…
a blessing to those who love and care for them…
Pour out your Spirit
on those who troubles are known only to you…
and those who have no-one…
Strengthen us also
that in our following the way of Jesus
we may be a sign
of your acting to put things right.
         (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

Come,thou long expected Jesus TIS 272
In Christ there is no east or west TIS 459
Light one candle for hope TIS 286
Lo! he comes with clouds descending TIS 273
Praise the Lord, you heavens adore him; TIS 93
The advent of our God TIS 271
The people that in darkness walked TIS 274
When God almighty came to be one of us TIS 281
Isaiah 11:1-10
Behold a rose is growing TIS 294
Come Holy Ghost our souls inspire TIS 396
Come, Spirit blest, Creator, come TIS 397
Isaiah the prophet has written of old TIS 663
Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour TIS 520
O come! O come, Emmanuel TIS 265
O day of God, draw near TIS 616
The voice of God goes out TIS 282
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Earth has many a noble city TIS 291
Hail to the Lord’s anointed TIS 275
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun TIS 207
When morning gilds the skies TIS 227
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness TIS 454
Romans 15:4-13
Brother, sister, let me serve you TIS 650
Glory beyond glory TIS 678
Help us accept each other TIS 648
How shall I sing to God TIS 667
In Christ there is no east or west TIS 549
Lord Christ, true peace of all above TIS 623
Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour TIS 520
Lord of the living, in your name assembled TIS 637
Strengthen for service, Lord , the hands TIS 496
Your words to me are life and health TIS 430
Matthew 3:1-12
All my hope on God is founded TIS 560
Christmas is coming, the church is glad to sing TIS 289
Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes TIS 269
Hark! A herald voice is calling TIS 264
Jesus comes will all his grace TIS 219
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry TIS 270
There’s a ligt upon the mountain TIS 276

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