Second Sunday of Advent
“In a time of destruction, create something.”
Maxine Hong Kingston
PRELUDE: Carol of the Bells
©1997 Lorenz Publishing Co.
PSALM 130 Karen Armor
(from Christine Robinson’s Psalms for a New World)
Out of my depths, O God, I cry to you.
Are you there?
I know I’m far from perfect,
but if perfection were required,
who would pass muster?
So, I wait and I hope;
like a sentry waits for the morning.
Help me to stay alert, and keep an open heart
for whatever comes.
Loving, guiding, presence, we do not always face our days with clear discernment and courage. Sometimes we retreat, and hold ourselves closed, for we are overwhelmed. With each breath we draw this day may we open our hearts and still our minds and grow ever more awake to the world around us. With every step we take this day may we move forward with intention and gratitude for all that the day has to teach us. May we learn discernment as we watch for signs of God’s presence in our lives. May we learn to see with eyes of love and offer a measure of hope to the world we encounter.
HYMN: #23 Angels, We Have Heard on High
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 40: 1-11 Karen Winchester
HYMN #53 What Child Is This
COMMUNION Gather Us In
Mary Haugen/Mark Hayes
© 2015 Lorenz Publishing Co
PRAYER MUSIC A Stable Lamp Is Lighted
David Hurd/Edwin T. Childs
©2017 by GIA Publications, Inc.
QUESTION and BENEDICTION
POSTLUDE Gather Us In
Marty Haugen/ Paul Carlson
©2006 by GIA Publications, Inc.