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An Advent Liturgy: Day 17

An Advent Liturgy: Day 17

Micah 5 : 1 – 2

Mobilise! Marshal your troops!
The enemy is laying siege to Jerusalem.
They will strike Israel’s leader
in the face with a rod.

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
are only a small village among all the people of Judah.
Yet a ruler of Israel,
whose origins are in the distant past,
will come from you on my behalf.

You use the small
to bless the many
You use the weak
to save the strong

You use the humble
to shame the wise
And you use us
to help the world

And though the enemy may try
to take a stand
surrounding
confounding
destroying

We have a saviour
Promised long ago
Who will never abandon us

And whose love has already saved us.

Amen

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An Advent Liturgy: Day 16

An Advent Liturgy: Day 16

Luke 1 : 76 – 79

“And you, my little son,
will be called the prophet of the Most High,
because you will prepare the way for the Lord.
You will tell his people how to find salvation
through forgiveness of their sins.
Because of God’s tender mercy,
the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,[h]
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
and to guide us to the path of peace.”

Help us prepare the way for You
May every step we take lead people into Your Presence

Help us prepare a way for You
May every place we enter be filled with your light

Help us prepare a way for You
May the people we meet encounter your love and mercy

Help us prepare a way for You
May Heaven be present wherever we go

May we shine like a light in the darkness
May we walk a path of peace
May the freedom we have
To stand in your love
Be shared with the people we meet.

Amen

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An Advent Liturgy: Day 15

An Advent Liturgy: Day 15

Luke 1 : 67 – 75

Then his father, Zechariah, was filled with the Holy Spirit and gave this prophecy:

“Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has visited and redeemed his people.
He has sent us a mighty Savior[g]
from the royal line of his servant David,
just as he promised
through his holy prophets long ago.
Now we will be saved from our enemies
and from all who hate us.
He has been merciful to our ancestors
by remembering his sacred covenant—
the covenant he swore with an oath
to our ancestor Abraham.
We have been rescued from our enemies
so we can serve God without fear,
in holiness and righteousness
for as long as we live.

 
We praise you Lord our God
for You have visited and redeemed us

You sent Your Son to save us
Just as you promised.

We need never fear
For you have rescued us.

You are the God of Promises fulfilled
You are the God of Justice and Salvation
You are the God of Grace and Mercy
And You make us Holy and Righteous

So We praise you, Lord our God
For you redeemed us and remain with us.

Amen

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An Advent Liturgy: Day 14

An Advent Liturgy: Day 14

Luke 1 53 – 55

He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away with empty hands.
He has helped his servant Israel
and remembered to be merciful.
For he made this promise to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children forever.”

In times of need
Lord, You provide
In times of plenty
teach us to do the same

When we wrong you
Lord, you show mercy
When we are wronged
Teach us to do the same

When you make promises
Lord, you are faithful
When we make promises
Teach us to be the same

For you are the one True God
Perfect in all of your ways
Through your Holy Spirit
Help us become more like you.

Amen

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An Advent Liturgy: Day 13

An Advent Liturgy: Day 13

Luke 1 : 50 – 52

He shows mercy from generation to generation
to all who fear him.
His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
He has brought down princes from their thrones
and exalted the humble.

A servant girl
A humble King
A manger for a bed

Unlikely saviour
Unexpected Lord

Those hands that held the stars
Now clutching blades of grass
You were weak by our standards
You were fragile in our eyes

And yet there is no power on earth
that is not under your command.

At one word
the winds and waves cease their violent rampage
At one word
Sickness and disease give up their silent siege
At one word
darkness flees and hides from your light
and Kings are brought down from their thrones.

Unlikely Saviour
Unexpected Lord
Mighty King

Amen

 

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An Advent Liturgy: Day 12

An Advent Liturgy: Day 12

Luke 1 : 46 – 49

Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
How my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour!

For he took notice of his lowly servant girl,
and from now on all generations will call me blessed.

For the Mighty One is holy,
and he has done great things for me.

 

You know each one of us by name
Whether rich or poor
famous or completely unknown

You take notice of the lofty and the lowly
and you know us each by name.

Through your birth
you blessed us all
and all generations will call us blessed

Through Mary’s sacrifice you did great things
Through Jesus’ sacrifice, even more

For you are mighty, and Holy
and yet perfect in love
and you continue to do
great things for us.

Amen

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An Advent Liturgy: Day 11

An Advent Liturgy: Day 11

Luke 1 : 42 – 45

Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed.  Why am I so honoured, that the mother of my Lord should visit me?  When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy.  You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”

Blessed are those who believe without having seen.
Bless us again today.
Blessed are those who believe in the word of the Lord
Bless us again today.

Your promises are secure
Your faithfulness true.
No storm can erode this
No earthquake shake this truth.

Whether in good times or bad
In sickness or health
In riches or poverty
We will believe
And the Lord will do what he has said.
Bless us again today.

Amen

 

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An Advent Liturgy: Day 10

An Advent Liturgy: Day 10

Luke 1 39-41

A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth.

At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

At the sound of your greeting
Our hearts leap with joy

As you enter the room
Our hearts leap with joy

As your spirit fills us
Our hearts leap with joy

In your presence there is freedom.
In your presence all fear is gone.
In your presence grace abounds.
For in your presence there is joy.

So greet us again, Lord
And remain in this place
And as your Spirit fills us
Our hearts leap with joy.

Amen

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An Advent Liturgy: Day 9

An Advent Liturgy: Day 9

Matthew 1 : 22 – 24

All of this occurred to fulfil the Lord’s message through his prophet:

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
She will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel,[j]
which means ‘God is with us.’”

When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.

Your promises are faithful
Your faithfulness, secure

Give us faith to trust
Give us strength to believe
For what you have promised will come to pass

In the birth of your son
we see your promised salvation

The promised King
descended from Heaven’s glory
to the lowliest place
to fulfil a promise made centuries before

Give us faith to trust
Give us strength to believe
For what you have promised will come to pass

Amen

 

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An Advent Liturgy: Day 8

An Advent Liturgy: Day 8

Matthew‬ ‭1:18-21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.””
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Your plans are not like our plans

Teach us to obey
Even when We do not always understand
Teach us to trust
When all our plans are failing
Teach us to be faithful
To you and the ones we love

We need not be afraid
For you are with us
We need not be afraid
For your Kingdom is with us
We need not be afraid
For your plans are not like ours

And you are immeasurably good.

Amen

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An Advent Liturgy: Day 7

An Advent Liturgy: Day 7

Isaiah 7 : 14

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

God is with us.
God is here.

An Impossible birth
An astonishing miracle
A prophecy fulfilled

God is with us
God is here.

A servant heart
For one so young
Her honour bore Your Glory

God is with us.
God is here.

Immanuel
God with us.

God is with us.
God is here.

Amen

 

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An Advent Liturgy: Day 6

An Advent Liturgy: Day 6

Luke 1 : 11 – 19

While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar.
Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him. But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John. You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God. He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.”

Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.”

Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news!

In times of doubt
May we remember
You are bigger than our doubts
When our faith fails us
May we remember
You are greater than our fears

You, whose hands flung stars into space
and whose word keeps them in place
are bigger than our doubts
You, who place that same hand upon our shoulder
to comfort us when we mourn,
are greater than our fears.

You, whose eyes burn brighter than the Sun
And whose beauty is beyond compare,
are bigger than our doubts.
You whose love knows no bounds
are greater than our fears.

So keep us today in Your presence
Keep us today in Your arms
Keep us today in that place where fear and doubting cease
Keep us today in your love.

Amen

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An Advent Liturgy: Day 5

An Advent Liturgy: Day 5

Isaiah 40 : 3 – 5, 9

Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting,
“Clear the way through the wilderness
for the Lord!
Make a straight highway through the wasteland
for our God!
Fill in the valleys,
and level the mountains and hills.
Straighten the curves,
and smooth out the rough places.
Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
The Lord has spoken!”
messenger of good news,
Shout from the mountaintops!
Shout it louder, O Jerusalem.
Shout, and do not be afraid.
Tell the towns of Judah,
“Your God is coming!”

Our God is coming.
Our God is here!
Our Lord is coming.
Our Lord is here.

The glory of the Lord is revealed
Our God is here.
We will shout it from the rooftops:
Our God is here.
We will stand against adversity
Our God is here.
We will proclaim it with our lives that
Our God is here.

And so, we can dwell in the Presence of the Lord
Our God is here

Amen

 

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An Advent Liturgy: Day 4

An Advent Liturgy: Day 4

Luke 1 : 34 – 38

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

When you speak may we hear
When we hear may we obey
When we obey may we see
The impossible

O Lord of the impossible
Saviour of the world
Grant us humility enough to hear you speak
Confidence enough to obey your words
and the honour and privilege of seeing your
Kingdom outworked in our lives.

And may the glory be always Yours.

Amen

 

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An Advent Liturgy: Day 3

An Advent Liturgy: Day 3

Luke 1 : 26 – 33

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

You choose the lowly and lift them high
Your kingdom is not like ours
You take the insignificant and lift them high
Your kingdom is not like ours

The Lord of all loves the least of us
Your kingdom is not like ours
Through a humble servant girl’s obedience
The Light of the world shone forth
Your kingdom is not like ours

Let us not be afraid
Let us not be fearful
for your Kingdom is one of power and might
and love and grace
and there is no darkness there.
Your kingdom is not like ours.

Amen

 

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