God Prepares Us
Second Sunday of Advent
Whatever your end may be, accept my amazement.
May I stand until death forever at attention
for any your least instruction or enlightenment.
I even feel sure you will assist me again, Master of insight and beauty.
—From Address to the Lord, John Berryman
Opening Prayer: inspired by Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
Songs: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus; Here Is Our King; O Come O Come Emmanuel; All Creatures of Our God and King; Here For You
Advent reflection: adapted from Arts & Faith: Advent—Second Sunday Imaginative Prayer Exercise (Cycle A)
Sermon: Hurry Up and Wait #2: God prepares us (Dave Everson)
Benediction: from Romans 15:13