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December 5

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Elementary​:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Our Advent hope comes from Jesus who is like a light in the darkness of selfishness and loneliness.  Following Jesus makes our hearts full of the light of love, hope and forgiveness.

The prophet Isaiah says

Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.

The Word of the Lord,

[Response: Thanks be to God]

Dear God,

We pray you comfort many in our world – the sick and dying, and the lonely who are feeling unloved and all care givers. We pray for hope for all people even when life looks sad. Help each of us prepare for Christmas by waiting and sharing hope with others. 

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.​


High School: 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Advent readings speak of hope in Jesus who comes as a light to lead us to Truth and 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 wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
   make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
   and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
   and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
   and all people shall see it together,
   for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.'

The Word of the Lord,

[Response: Thanks be to God]

Dear God,

We pray for many in our world – those who live with HIV/AIDS, the sick and dying, and all the lonely who are excluded from 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.