Last Day in Advent

December 23, 2011 — Leave a comment

OPENING

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!  Revelation 22:20

O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth will declare Your praise.  (Psalm 51:15)
Make haste, O God, to deliver me;
Make haste to help me, O Lord.  (Psalm 70:1)

Glory be to the Father and to the + Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and will be forever amen.

In many and various ways, God spoke to His people by the prophets.
But now in these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son.

If you are using an advent wreath, light all of the candles now and pray:
Jesus Christ, You are the Light of the world that no darkness can overcome; for You make all things visible.  Keep us from sin and straighten our path, so that we may be prepared for Your coming.  Amen.

The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.  But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”  (Revelation 21:7-8)

FINAL ADVENT MEDITATION

Throughout all ages God has spoken to His people in Laws and Promises.  In His time He began to fulfill those long awaited promises, to bless and not curse.  After a time of silence Gabriel was sent to announce the birth of the first prophet to come in over four hundred years, John the Baptist, who would prepare people’s hearts for the Messiah.  Gabriel brad even greater tidings to Mary, Emmanuel, God is with us, was to be born and His name was to be Jesus.

God fulfills His promises and waiting turns into anticipation.  Anticipation into supplication and intercession without ceasing: Come Lord Jesus, Come and save us!  We long for You and our eternal rest with You, face to face in Your kingdom.

Take a moment now of reflective silence and ponder all that you have experienced on your Advent journey as it draws to its conclusion.  Rejoice, for tomorrow the angels will announce the birth of our Lord, all our hopes and fears will come together and be laid at the feet of the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.

May the Lord bless you in this time of silence before God’s silence is broken forevermore.  Fill it with your anticipations and supplications deep within your heart and being, knowing that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us with intercessions to deep even for our words.

PRAYERS

Lord have mercy,

Christ have mercy,

Lord have mercy.

O Lord hear my prayer.
And let my cry come to You.

O Emmanuel, our king and our Lord, the anointed for the nations and their Savior: come and save us, O Lord our God.  Come Lord Jesus, for though we are unworthy on our own You have prepared us and given us strength to welcome You anew.  Come Lord Jesus and wipe every tear from our eyes.  Come Lord Jesus we are desirous of You appearing, before You we lay all our hopes and fears.  Hear the never ending supplications of Your children and turn them into everlasting praises before Your throne when we see You face to face.  Come Lord Jesus, come!  This we pray by the mighty Name of Jesus Christ, our God who is with us.  Amen.

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy,
Lord have mercy.  Amen.

CLOSING

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!  Revelation 22:20

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.  Amen.

The Lord bless us and keep us.  The Lord make His face to shine on us and be gracious to us.  The Lord look upon us with favor and  + give us peace.  Amen.

All scripture passages are ESV

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