Waiting, Remembering, PREPARING and Readiness


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The third of my series of advent liturgies. Advent is not simply a time for passive waiting, but also for active preparation.

Voice 1: Advent is a time for waiting.
Voice 2: We light the first candle to remind us that we are waiting for God to come.
[THE FIRST CANDLE IS LIT]
Voice 1: Advent is also a time for remembering God’s promises to us.
[THE SECOND CANDLE IS LIT]
Voice 2: Advent is also a time for preparation.
Voice 1: We shop and decorate,
Voice 2: We shop and bake,
Voice 1: We shop and wrap,
Voice 2: We shop and cook…
Voice 1: We prepare for Christmas.
Voice 2: We prepare ourselves for Jesus to come,
Voice 1: We read his story, we pray and sing
Voice 2: We share with others
Voice 1: We light the third candle to remind us to prepare.
[THE THIRD CANDLE IS LIT]
Voice 2: At the beginning of Mark’s Gospel we read
Voice 1: "The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Voice 2: As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, 'See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you who will prepare your way;
Voice 1: the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
Voice 2: Prepare the way of the Lord make his paths straight.'"
Voice 1 & 2: Let us pray:
All: Lord God, prepare the way for your coming kingdom. May your kingdom come and your will be done one earth as it is in heaven, and may it begin in us. Amen.


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