Advent 2 Year 2
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent 2B
Readings: Isaiah of the Exile – Isaiah 40:1-11 (Mark 1:1-4)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Holy Lord, a voice has been heard in the wilderness preparing the way for your son to arrive in this world. Prepare our hearts to receive your son and help us to prepare for his coming. Amen.
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Need an Advent Wreath Lighting litany? I have one available here.
Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #266. All Earth Is Hopeful (Toda la tierra)
ELW #781. Children of the Heavenly Father (Tryggare kan ingen vara)
ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #257. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
ELW #256. Comfort, Comfort Now My People
ELW #536. God Be with You Till We Meet Again
ELW #290. Go Tell It on the Mountain
ELW #246. Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding!
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #267. Joy to the World
ELW #502. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
ELW #240. Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah
ELW #513. Listen, God Is Calling
ELW #778. The Lord’s My Shepherd
ELW #782. My Shepherd, You Supply My Need
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
ELW #248. People, Look East
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #264. Prepare the Royal Highway
ELW #789. Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us
ELW #255. There’s a Voice in the Wilderness
ELW #262. Wait for the Lord
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
ELW #514. O Word of God Incarnate
ELW #668. O Zion, Haste
LBW #373. Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round
LBW #556. Herald, Sound the Note of Judgment
LBW #38. O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide
Various Hymnals A Voice Cries Out (1982) by Michael Joncas
Various Hymnals Gracious Savior, Gentle Shepherd (1842) by Jane Elizabeth Leeson
Various Hymnals Like a Shepherd (1976) by Bob Dufford
Various Hymnals Prepare the Way of the Lord (1984) by Communaute de Taizé
Various Hymnals Shepherd of Tender Youth (ca200) by Clement of Alexandria
Various Hymnals When out of poverty is born (2005) by Kathryn Galloway
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other (mostly contemporary) options:
“Brand New Day” By Paul Baloche, Carl Cartee, et al.
“The King of Love My Shepherd Is” By Henry Williams Baker, John Bacchus Dykes.
“Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
“Prepare The Way” By Charlie Hall, Louie Giglio.
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.
Prepare your church for your coming, O God, make us greater heralds of the great news of your love and grace for all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Prepare creation for your coming, O God, breathe your breath of life upon flocks and fields, waterways and mountains. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Prepare the nations for your coming, O God, that the people of every land and place may know your justice and peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Prepare believers for your coming, O God, deepen our faith and trust in the future you have promised for the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Prepare us for your coming, O God, provide healing and hope to those struggling with sickness and grief. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Prepare this community of faith for your coming, O God, turn us towards our neighbors that we may see and serve you in them. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Prepare all the saints in light for your coming, O God, as we all await that glorious resurrection day when all will be made new. 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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