Wednesday, November 18, 2009

For November 29, 2009 -- 1st Sunday of Advent

CALL TO WORSHIP
The day is coming, it is getting nearer.
Soon a baby will be born, soon the world will be changed.
We await the day with hope and joy.
We wait for the child with nervousness and wonder.
Come let us wait for the child together,
Let us worship God who gives life
Let us pray…

OPENING PRAYER
God we await the coming of Christ with hope-filled hearts,
the birth of a child, the birth of a new world.
God we await the coming birth with wondering hearts,
wondering what changes that birth will bring to our lives.
God, we look ahead to a changed life with anxiety,
worrying that we will have to give up things that we cherish.
God, as we sing and pray and prepare this Advent season,
remind us that we are not alone as life gets turned upside down. Remind us that the joy of birth is worth the turmoil.
We pray this in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, whose birth is but a few weeks away. Amen.

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