Nov 27 2012

Covered in the Masters Dust: Liturgy for the 1st Sunday of Advent

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This Advent I’ve decided to post our seasonal prayers and  liturgy on a weekly basis. It’s a special time of the year and liturgy plays a very important part in making the season meaningful. So I’ll be posting our weekly liturgy and readers can feel free to borrow and/or edit as you please. I will note where I have borrowed prayers. If there is not a note of citation, you can assume it’s mine and feel free to use it in your context. When I write liturgy, I do so for the Church — so feel free not to cite me as an author. The important part is to make this liturgy contextually appropriate so that it may add the meaning of this very special season of the Christian year.

First Sunday of Advent

Lectionary Readings:

Jeremiah 33:14-16

Psalm 25:1-10

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Luke 21:25-36

Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Keep awake! Be watchful! The Son of Man is coming with great power and glory. Hold your heads high, for your salvation is near.

We light the first Advent candle reminding us how God’s promised Messiah will break into our time and space to show us the way of salvation. May we stay alert for his coming.

            Light the candle

Come, Lord Jesus.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Amen.


Opening Prayer

Ever present God, you taught us that the night is far spent and the day is at hand. Grant that we may ever be found watching for the coming of your Son. Save us from undue love of the world, give us eyes to look and wait with patient hope for the day of the Lord, that when he shall appear, we may not be ashamed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(United Methodist Book of Worship #254)


Invtitation to Holy Communion

Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Let us prepare our hearts for his coming by confessing our sins together.

Confession and Pardon

Lord Jesus Christ, you have promised to come again as one breaking through the clouds with great power and glory. We confess that we hide our heads in trivial matters. We do not love our neighbors because our ambitions are more important. We do not hear the cry of the needy because we are busy accumulating wealth. We have become drunk with the pursuit of power because we fail to put our trust in your power. Forgive us, we pray. Free us that we may have eyes to see your glory, ears to hear your liberating gospel, and lives to devote to the service of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  


Hear the Good News:

Emmanuel, God with us, is coming that we might live our lives in the grace that frees us from the bondage of sin.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

Thanks be to God! Amen.


Prayer After Communion

Holy God, we thank you for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the world as a people with eyes to see your presence as we serve one another; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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