Advent 4 Year 2
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent2C, Reign of Christ Year C
Readings: Zechariah’s Song – Luke 1:5-13[14-25], 57-80 (Psalm 113)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of the prophets, you sent John into the world to proclaim the coming of your son. Give us ears to hear the proclamations of your promises and eyes to see your presence in this world. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, RevGalBlogPals
Need an Advent Wreath Lighting litany? I have one available here.
Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #250. Blessed Be the God of Israel*
ELW #552. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #723. Canticle of the Turning
ELW #560. Christ, Mighty Savior
ELW #604. O Christ, Our Hope
ELW #553. Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
ELW #257. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel*
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus*
ELW #288. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice*
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #246. Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding!*
ELW #270. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing*
ELW #612. Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #253. He Came Down*
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #810. O Jesus, I Have Promised
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #768. Lead Me, Guide Me
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #279. O Little Town of Bethlehem*
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #272. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming*
ELW #234/5. My Soul Proclaims the Greatness of the Lord
ELW #706. The People Walk (Un pueblo que camina)
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten*
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #274. On Christmas Night*
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry*
ELW #281. Silent Night, Holy Night!*
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #296. What Child Is This*
ELW #424. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
LBW #2. Blessed Be the Lord*
WOV #646. We Three Kings of Orient Are
Various Hymnals O Come, Divine Messiah (1877) by M. l’abbé Pellegrin
Various Hymnals Mary, First among Believers (2010) by Delores Dufner
Various Hymnals Song of Zechariah (1969) by ames Quinn
Various Hymnals Tell Out, My Soul (1990) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
Various Hymnals Wait for the Lord (1984) by Communauté de Taizé
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other (mostly contemporary) options:
“Come Now Our King” By Chris August, Dave Barnes.
“Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground)” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
We seek the mighty God in the most unlikely places as a child in a stable, and in an empty tomb. May God hear these prayers, which come from the unlikely corners of our lives.
A brief silence.
Look with favor upon your church, Lord God, and redeem it from apathy, selfishness, and judgementalism. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Look with favor upon resting fields, Lord God, and redeem creation from the damage we have inflicted upon it. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Look with favor upon the nations, Lord God, and redeem them from ways of violence and greed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Look with favor upon the lonely, Lord God, and bring them into blessed and beloved community. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Look with favor upon the sick, Lord God, and redeem all who suffer from their pain and despair. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Look with favor upon those gathered here today, Lord God, and redeem us from all the ways of sin that draw us from you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Look with favor upon the saints in light, Lord God, and redeem all people through the love and grace of your Son. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Give us ears to hear, O God, and eyes to watch, that we may know your presence in our midst during this holy season of joy as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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