Advent Benediction: 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

-1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (ESV)

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Advent Prayer of Confession: Isaiah 64:1-9

Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains might quake at your presence—
as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
and that the nations might tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome things that we did not look for,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
From of old no one has heard
or perceived by the ear,
no eye has seen a God besides you,
who acts for those who wait for him.
You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,
those who remember you in your ways.
Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;
in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?
We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
There is no one who calls upon your name,
who rouses himself to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.
But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
Be not so terribly angry, O Lord,
and remember not iniquity forever.
Behold, please look, we are all your people.

Restore us, we pray, through the coming of our Lord Jesus,
in whom we place our hope and trust. Amen.

-based on Isaiah 64:1-9 (ESV)
adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, ©2004, Faith Alive Christian Resources

Advent Prayer of Invocation: Psalm 43:3-5

Send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling!

Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God. Amen.

-based on Psalm 43:3-5 (ESV)

Advent Call to Worship based on Psalm 85:7-13

Show us your unfailing love, O God, our Savior,

and grant us your salvation.

Listen to what the Lord our God says:

He promises peace to his people,
who are his beloved saints.

The Lord will indeed give what is good.

Righteousness goes before him
and prepares the way for his steps.

May the Lord make his holy face to shine upon us
in this time of Advent worship.

May we see God’s face and so know peace. Amen.

-based on Psalm 85:7-13 (NIV)
from The Worship Sourcebook, ©2004, Faith Alive Christian Resources

Advent Responsive Scripture Reading from Isaiah 40

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.

A voice cries:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.

-Isaiah 40:1, 3, 5, 11 (ESV)
adapted from The Baptist Hymnal, Copyright 1991 Convention Press