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Advent Prayers and thoughts

The marvellous collect for Advent Sunday:

Almighty God,
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

And a shorter collect:

Almighty God

as you kingdom dawns

Turn us from the darkness of sin

to the light of your holiness

That we might be ready to meet you

In our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

The equally marvellous Advent Blessing:

Christ the Sun of righteousness shine upon you

Scatter the darkness from before your path

and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory

and the blessing…

 

A reflection for   Advent ( sorry I dont know the source)

Stay awake” is an alarm sounding on the first Sunday of advent. It means many different things, the most important of which is to seize the opportunities of the present moment, prepare for Christmas, prepare for death, yes, surely. But also, and more important, prepare for the kingdom of God whenever it explodes into your life. In Jesus’s view of the kingdom, it is always near, ready to break through the barriers of every day and seize us, impel us, embrace us, challenge us – and especially in Jesus’s view of things the kingdom appears with God’s sweeping love in ordinary daily events: a confused child, a sick friend, a discouraged spouse, a troublesome person on the phone, a demand that seems unfair but where we can do much good with little effort. These are the places to look for God’s loving power.

 

A prayer for Advent:

Lord, fill our hearts with the Advent Spirit

Allow us to overflow with the real gifts this season of preparation has to offer.

May we take time to enjoy the blessings of Advent

Let us stop the rush and allow the risen Lord Jesus to enter our bring.

Let us clear our vision and deeper our concern

May we move from concern for self

To a place where we freely give of ourselves

And receive with joy the great gift of salvation the Christ Child brings

Amen

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November 27, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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