Advent 2: Longing for JudgmentSunday, December 5, 2010
Candle Lighting: Light again the first blue candle, saying: “Keep awake!”
Light a second blue candle.
Question: Why do we light this candle?
Response: We light this candle to remember what it is we are waiting and longing for.
Scripture: Read Isaiah 11: 1-10
Prayer: In You, Jesus
we see and know
the merciful judge we crave
that all might be well
with Creation –
more than well.
Come again soon
and judge us all. Amen.
Singing: Sing a hymn together. Following are some possibilities:
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, German, 15th century
Prepare the Way of the Lord, Isaiah 40:3 adapt. Michael Burkhardt, 1990
Hail to God’s Own Anointed, James Montgomery 1821, alt.
Proclamation: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. [Romans 15:13]
Through the Week:
– At supper each evening, light the first blue candle, saying: “Keep awake!” and the second blue candle, saying: “Abound in hope!”
– Wonder about where the places are in our world, our church, and our own hearts that long for Jesus’ merciful judgment