Advent Prayers – Dec. 9

Invitation to worship

Martin de Porres (1579 – 1639)

Martin de Porres was a Dominican brother who is often celebrated by mixed-race people and those committed to ending racism and segregation. He was born in Lima, Peru, the son of a Spanish nobleman and a former slave from Panama. Having grown up familiar with poverty and prejudice, he became a passionate advocate for those on the margins, establishing an orphanage and hospital for children, and becoming well known for his compassion. Martin is often depicted with a broom because he considered all work to be sacred and was committed to service and sacrifice.

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Song of Praise

Come, let us sing to the LORD: let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Song “Servant Song”

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: in the city of our God is his holy hill.

Psalm 48: 2– 7

Beautiful and lofty, the joy of all the earth, is the hill of Zion: the very center of the world and the city of the great King. God is in her citadels: he is known to be her sure refuge. Behold, the kings of the earth assembled: and marched forward together. They looked and were astounded: they retreated and fled in terror. Trembling seized them there: they writhed like a woman in childbirth, like ships of the sea when the east wind shatters them. As we have heard, so have we seen, in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God has established her for ever.

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: in the city of our God is his holy hill.

Call to Discipleship

Isaiah 5: 8 – 12, 18 – 23

Sayings of doom
Doom to those who acquire
house after house,
who annex field to field
until there is no more space left
and only you live alone in the land.
I heard the Lord of heavenly forces
say this:
Many houses will become total ruins,
large, fine houses,
with no one living in them.
Ten acres of vineyard
will produce just one bath,
and a homer of seed
will produce only an ephah.
Doom to those who wake up
early in the morning to run after beer,
to those who stay up late,
lit up by wine.
They party with lyre and harp,
tambourine, flute, and wine;
but they ignore the Lord’s work;
they can’t see what God is doing.

Doom to those who drag guilt
along with cords of fraud,
and haul sin as if with cart ropes,
who say, “God should hurry
and work faster so we can see;
let the plan of Israel’s holy one come
quickly, so we can understand it.”
Doom to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who present darkness as light
and light as darkness,
who make bitterness sweet
and sweetness bitter.
Doom to those
who consider themselves wise,
who think of themselves as clever.
Doom to the wine-swigging warriors,
mighty at mixing drinks,
who spare the guilty for bribes,
and rob the innocent of their rights.

Luke 21: 29 – 38

Jesus told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, you know that God’s kingdom is near. I assure you that this generation won’t pass away until everything has happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will certainly not pass away.
“Take care that your hearts aren’t dulled by drinking parties, drunkenness, and the anxieties of day-to-day life. Don’t let that day fall upon you unexpectedly, like a trap. It will come upon everyone who lives on the face of the whole earth. Stay alert at all times, praying that you are strong enough to escape everything that is about to happen and to stand before the Human One.”
Every day Jesus was teaching in the temple, but he spent each night on the Mount of Olives. All the people rose early in the morning to hear him in the temple area

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: in the city of our God is his holy hill.

Prayers for Others

Cyprian of Carthage, a third-century North African bishop, said, “The Lord Christ did not want us to pray by ourselves in private or for ourselves alone. We do not say ‘My Father, who art in heaven,’ nor ‘Give me this day my daily bread.’ It is not for oneself alone that each person asks to be forgiven, not to be led into temptation or to be delivered from evil. Rather, we pray in public as a community, and not for one individual but for all.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father…

Walking with Jesus Daily

Lord, you have woven the threads of creation too finely together for any of us to exist as islands unto ourselves. Teach us to delight in your web of life and to know ourselves in community. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you: wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness: protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing: at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home rejoicing: once again into our doors.