Love is on the Way – First Week of Advent – November 30, 2014

First Week of Advent—November 30, 2014  first_10843c

Scripture Readings:
Mark 13:24-37
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Isaiah 64:1-9

 

People, look east. The time is near
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the Guest, is on the way.

                                                                                                              “People, Look East” by Eleanor Farjeon
                                                                                                          The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 202
 Questions for Reflection:
What does it mean to be waiting and watching for Christ?
How are you preparing to welcome Christ , the Guest, this Advent?
How will you welcome others? In your life, your home, our church?

 

Prayer:
Awaken me, O God! Help me to stay alert and prepare for Christ’s coming. Love, the Guest, is on the way.  Amen.
 

IMG_4864On this First Sunday of Advent, we consider how we are preparing for Christ’s coming. In what ways will we welcome Christ, the Guest? Today, we remember that Jesus is the Light of the World. Like the stars that light our way in the dark, Jesus is the light of our lives. Because we know that Love, Jesus, the Guest, is at the door, we get ready to welcome Him!  During worship we wrote a way that we would prepare for Jesus this Advent on stars and then attached the stars to the door frames as we left worship as a reminder that we are ready for Jesus, the Guest.

 

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Advent Wreath Litany for the First Week of Advent

Voice 1: The word “Advent”  means “an arrival or a coming.”  Until the One who is coming arrives, we are waiting. 
Voice 2: But our waiting is not a sit-on-our-hands sort of waiting; it is an active and lively waiting. 
Voice 3: Advent waiting calls upon us to “Look” for the one who is coming and prepare for his arrival.
Voice 1: People, look …
Voice 2: Look for the God who comes to us in great  power and splendor.
Voice 3: Look for the God who comes to us in great humility and meekness.
Voice 1: People, look…  (Light one purple candle.)
Voice 2: Look, the light is lit.
Voice 3: Look, Jesus, the Guest, is coming.
Voice 1: Please join in singing as we prepare our hearts to welcome him in.

People, look east. The time is near of the crowning of the year. Make your house fair as you are able, trim the heart and set the table. People, look east and sing today: Love, the Guest, is on the way.

Faith United Methodist Church
http://www.faithumchurch.org

 

 

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Spiritual Formation Director at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, Ohio
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