Advent Worship - Bible Study


LIVING WATERS LUTHERAN CHURCH - INTERACTIVE BIBLE STUDY

Pastor Schantzenbach is inviting you to join an interactive Living Waters Bible Study.
This week we will use our ZOOM platform to support our gathering around God’s Word. 
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ADVENT WORSHIP - HOME BIBLE STUDY

  On-line Study: Wednesdays   10:00 AM and 7:30 PM

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WATCH, WAIT, WONDER
LIVING WATERS LUTHERAN CHURCH
 
Advent Midweek Bible Study and Worship
December 2, 2020
 
10:00 AM and 7:30 PM
 

This ADVENT MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY AND WORSHIP ministry calls us to “keep vigil” is the Advent season. If you have an Advent Wreath in your home, have it available at the start of our time of study and prayer.

The second week calls us to prayerful waiting in preparation for the coming of Jesus. Drawing upon the idea that “wisdom begins in wonder,” the third week invites us to embrace imaginative wonderment at the things of God.

Gathering
The leader rings the prayer bell and reads the opening sentence, a candle is lighted.
P: The voice of one crying in the wilderness says:
C: “Prepare the way for the Lord, make his paths straight.
 
Prayer
P: Stir up our hearts, O Lord,
to prepare the way for the coming of your Son.
Give us courage and faith to proclaim, in word and deed,
the good news of your coming,
even as we wait in patience
for that day when Christ will come again.

 

The psalm may be spoken responsively. It may conclude with a brief silence

Reader 1

Psalm: Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

Righteousness shall prepare a pathway for God. (Ps. 85:13)

1You have been gracious to your | land, O Lord;
  you have restored the good for- | tune of Jacob.
2You have forgiven the iniquity | of your people
  and blotted out | all their sins.
8I will listen to what the Lord| God is saying;
  for you speak peace to your faithful people and to those who turn their | hearts to you.
9Truly, your salvation is very near to | those who fear you,
  that your glory may dwell | in our land. R
10Steadfast love and faithfulness have | met together;
  righteousness and peace have | kissed each other.
11Faithfulness shall spring up | from the earth,
  and righteousness shall look | down from heaven.
12The Lord will indeed | grant prosperity,
  and our land will | yield its increase.
13Righteousness shall go be- | fore the Lord
  and shall prepare for | God a pathway. R

 

P: Lord God, you so tend the vine you planted that now it extends its branches throughout the world. Keep us in Christ as branches on the vine, that, grafted firmly in your love, we ma show the whole world your great power and bear the fruit of righteousness; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

Reader 2

Second Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-15a

This short letter deals with pressing concerns regarding the final advent of Jesus, especially concerns that could arise over its apparent delay. The author of the letter calls on Christians to anticipate the promised coming of the Lord through conduct dedicated to God.

8Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 9The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.
  11Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, 12waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? 13But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.

  14Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; 15aand regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.

 

Reflection
What word, image, or phrase stands out for you in this reading?
What in your life requires patience?
What are you waiting for?
How might you prepare the way of Christ’s coming?
 
Prayers
Guide us waking, O Lord,
and guard us sleeping;
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep we may rest in peace.
 
God of power and might, comfort your people and come quickly to this weary world. Hear our prayers for everyone in need.
A brief silence.
  1. Faithful God, you teach us to wait for you with faithfulness and patience. Sustain and support us in our doubts and questions. Nurture our faith as we discern and enact your mission. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
 
  1. Loving God, you set the stars in the sky and breathe life into the earth. Renew the face of creation where it needs your healing touch. Mend the wounds of environmental damage and restore balance to ecosystems so that all creation can declare your praise. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
 
  1. Steadfast God, you never tire of seeking justice. Where people suffer from discrimination, judgment, and injustice, speak words of truth and comfort. Lead us toward a world where faithfulness will sprout underfoot and righteousness rain down from above. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
 
  1. Leading God, you ask us to make uneven ground smooth. Make even the disparities between your people. Sustain and support people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Accompany disability advocates who work for a world accessible to all. Teach us to celebrate the great diversity in our midst. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
 
  1. Tender God, you know sorrow and joy alike. We pray for those in our families and congregation who are not joyful in this holiday season. Comfort those who grieve, be a companion to all who are lonely, tend those who are sick or struggling with depression, and gather all people in your healing embrace. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
 
  1. Eternal God, we give thanks for the saints who have prepared your way in the wilderness and taught us to continue their faithful work. Make their generous lives an example for all. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
 
Let us pray with confidence in the words our Savior gave us:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.
 
Draw near to us, O God, and receive our prayers for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
Blessing
Even as we wait, watch, and wonder,
God is with us.

 

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