FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT - Advent Year C 

Jeremiah 33: 14-16, Psalm 25:1-10, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-26

 

CONFESSION

(based on Psalm 25:4-5 – Lenora Rand, writer) 

(One person reads the words. Those gathered respond by singing from “O Come O Come Emmanuel”)

One: God, everyday we hear about something we can’t understand. Our souls cry out: How can this be happening? And we confess that sometimes, a lot of times, we can’t figure out what You’re doing. Why You don’t show up, why You don’t jump in, why You don’t just fix things.

All Singing:

         O come, o come Emmanuel,

            And ransom captive Israel,

            That mourns in lonely exile here,

            Until the Son of God appears.

One: God, everyday there’s something else that breaks our hearts. We brush shoulders with the bruised and broken. The wounded are all around us. The wounded are us. And, we confess that too much of the time, we can’t hear you. We can’t see You. When we try to pray, we find it hard to believe You are there. Hard to believe You care.

All Singing:

          O come, o come Emmanuel,

            And ransom captive Israel,

            That mourns in lonely exile here,

            Until the Son of God appears.

           

One: God, open our eyes, open our hearts, open our hands. Help us see the slivers of hope in our world, help us see and know your ways more clearly, recognize where you’re at work and how we can be a part of it. Teach us your paths and give us the courage to participate in your loving presence wherever it may be found.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

All Singing:         

           Rejoice, rejoice!  Emmanuel

            Shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

 

 

 

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