Advent -- Service Prayers -- 2nd Sunday
To Dream God’s Dream
Service Prayers for the
Second Sunday of Advent
(Each Advent service
includes a simple candle-lighting prayer; others may be found at http://www.ucc.org/worship/worship-ways/archive-for-advent-and.html
Lighting Prayer (after Isaiah 11: 1-10; Matthew 3:2)
We dream God’s dream, of a world at
Where enemies are reconciled, and
children play in safety;
Where the poor and powerless find
We remember God’s promise of a Ruler of
Filled with the Spirit of God, of wisdom
Of counsel and might, of justice and
We light this Advent candle, and we
our lives to the Peace which you bring;
us turn to you, and get ready!
Call to Worship (after Matthew 3: 1-12;
Romans 15: 7)
Reign of God is drawing near:
prophet calls us to change our lives!
the way for the Lord:
and peaceful path!
Welcome one another, for Christ welcomes
the glory of God!
Invocation after Matthew
long for your peace, and trust in your promise;
hear your call to turn toward you,
change our lives and welcome you in.
Meet us here and fill
our minds with your wisdom
and our hearts with your peace,
that our worship together
may open us to the
of your dream of
wholeness for all.
In the Name of the One who is coming,
we pray. Amen!
Call to Confession
God, you call us to turn our lives around,
work with patience and diligence
prepare the way for your Reign,
we get discouraged and give up too soon.
Lord, Have mercy.
God, you call us to collaborate in community
prepare the way your Reign,
we neither trust nor honor the gifts of others.
Christ, have mercy.
God, you call us to be full of joyful confidence
prepare the way for your Reign,
we burden ourselves with anxiety and fear.
Lord, have mercy.
(a moment of silent prayer)
Forgive us, O
God, and lead us in the ways of patience, community and joy.
Assurance of Pardon
the good news: Jesus, savior from sin,
is present with us
the painstaking work of the Reign of God
forgiving our weakness,
rebuilding our relationships,
restoring our joy.
us celebrate this great grace by offering to one another a sign of Christ’s
Passing the Peace
Call to Offering
Ruler of Peace coming, the prophet Isaiah says,
we await that Gift of God together;
gifts today in this season of waiting and hope
us to strengthen one another and to offer hope to the world
we look forward to that great day of everlasting joy.
us gather our gifts together and present them as an offering to God.
Prayer of Dedication
these gifts, dear God,
the praise and thanksgiving of our hearts,
rejoice in your goodness and love.
our gifts point to your presence in the world,
further your dream for the world
Jesus, Emmanuel, God-with-us. Amen.
Let us go forth with eyes to see and
ears to hear and voices to proclaim:
In the work of justice:
In the practice of
In good news for the
In the vision of peace:
Christ! Amen! Thanks be to God!
To Dream God’s Dream:
Service Prayers for the Second Sunday of Advent, was written by the Rev. Susan A. Blain,
Minister for Worship, Liturgy and Spiritual Formation, Local Church Ministries.
Copyright 2010 Local Church Ministries,
Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church
700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this
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