Notable Feast Days this Week:

December 3 - The Prophet Zephaniah (Eastern)
December 3 - Francis Xavier, 1552 (Lutheran/Roman)
December 4 - John of Damascus, 749
December 5 - Crispina, Numidia, 304
December 6 - Abraham of Kratia, Bithynia, 558
December 7 - Ambrose of Milan, 397
December 7 - Africans Martyred by Vandals, 429-532 (Eastern)
December 8 - Immaculate Conception of Mary (Roman Catholic)
December 9 - Conception of the Theotokos (Eastern)

Revised Common Lectionary

Malachi 3:1-4
Luke 1:68-79
Phillipians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6

Daily Readings
Abbreviated Daily Readings

Liturgical Color - Purple/Blue

--- The Second Sunday of Advent --- December 9, 2018 (Year C)
Prepare the Way
"The prophets foretold the coming of Christ (Malachi 3:1-4), as did Zechariah (Luke 1:68-79) and John the Baptist, who prepared the way for the Lord (Luke 3:1-6). Until Christ returns again, we strive to become more like him (Philippians 1:3-11)."

-Thomas Oden
 This is a season for waiting and cultivating an awareness of God’s promises.

Past, present, and future.

Hear the Prophets speak.

In Advent, we sharpen our gaze in anticipation.
Christ has come, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
Advent Resources
The Four Candles
  • Representing the period of waiting during the four Sundays of Advent
  • Representing the four centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ.
  • This progression symbolizes our waiting experience. As the candles are lit, despair and the shadows of sin fall away. Each new candle reminds us that something is happening and that more is yet to come.
  • First candle = the candle of Expectation, Hope, or Prophecy
  • Three candles are purple and one is pink.
  • Pink candle = the candle of Joy. It is lit on Third Sunday of Advent 
  • White candle = the Christ candle. It is lit on Christmas Eve and symbolizes the joy of Christ born as a human on Christmas Day.
An Advent Prayer
Scripture Readings
"In our secret yearnings
we wait for your coming,
and in our grinding despair
we doubt that you will.
And in this privileged place
we are surrounded by witnesses who yearn more than do we
and by those who despair more deeply than do we.
Look upon your church and its pastors
in this season of hope
which runs so quickly to fatigue
and in this season of yearning
which becomes so easily quarrelsome.
Give us the grace and the impatience
to wait for your coming to the bottom of our toes, to the edges of our fingertips.
We do not want our several worlds
to end.
Come in your power
and come in your weakness
in any case
and make all things new. Amen."
― Walter Brueggemann,
in Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth

Malachi 3:1-4
The messenger refines and purifies

Luke 1:68-79
God's tender compassion

Philippians 1:3-11
A harvest of righteousness

Luke 3:1-6
Prepare the way of the Lord
Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
Practicing Prayer
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the HolyvSpirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
-from The Book of Common Prayer
Contemplative Prayer (View and Download)
Morning Prayer (View and Download)
Resources for Daily Prayer
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn suggestions for the Second Week of Advent from 

Ready My Heart | by Lois Farley Shuford | Leadsheets

The Kingdom Comes | by Josh Blakesley and Sarah Hart

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus | by Charles Wesley (1744)

Advent Hymn (The Lord Has Come to Dwell) | by Sarah Majorins | Leadsheet 

Savior of the Nations, Come | Leadsheet

Ready the Way | by Curtis Stephan | Leadsheets

Wait for the Lord | Taize Melody | Leadsheet 

Come Light Our Hearts | by Sandra McCraken
| Leadsheet
Music for Listening
Thematic Art 
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