In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Advent readings speak of hope in Jesus who will come as a light to lead us to true freedom. A freedom from slavery to persons, things, and addictions of all kinds.
A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah
Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.
A voice cries out:
In the desert prepare the way of the Lord!
Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill shall be made low;
The rugged land shall be made a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together;
for the mouth of God has spoken.
The Word of the Lord,
[Response: Thanks be to God]
We pray for many in our world – those who live with HIV/AIDS, the sick and dying, and all the lonely who have not been included in loving relationships. We pray for the many people around the world who are care givers. We pray for hope to look to the future and trust in You. May each of us prepare for Christmas by waiting with hope, faith, joy and love.
We conclude with this simple Advent Prayer:
God's hope to direct me.
God's love to surround me.
God's joy to warm me.
God's peace to comfort me.
Bless our Advent journey to Christmas with light and patience,
And off into our day we go in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.