Collect for Advent 2—Stir up our Your power, O lord, and come and help us by Your might, that the sins which weigh us down may be quickly lifted by Your grace and mercy; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Stir up your power, O Lord, and come. Protect us by your strength and save us from the threatening dangers of our sins, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Almighty and everlasting God whose will it is to restore all things to your beloved Son, whom you anointed priest forever and king of all creation: Grant that all people of the earth, now divided by the power of sin, may be united under the glorious and gentle rule of your Son.
For blessing on the Word – Lord God, bless Your Word wherever it is proclaimed. Make it a word of power and peace to convert those not yet Your own and to confirm those who have come to saving faith. May Your Word pass from the ear to the heart, from the heart to the lip, and from the lip to the life that, as You have promised, Your Word may achieve the purpose for which You send it; through Jesus Christ, my Lord.
A prayer before we study the Word – Almighty God, our heavenly Father, without Your help our labor is useless, and without Your light our search is in vain. Invigorate the study of Your holy Word that, by due diligence and right discernment, we may establish ourselves and others in Your holy faith.
Lord Jesus, You come in all the terror of the last judgment and when men least expect You. In these days You come to clothe our misery with the garment of Your mercy —a garment of glory and immortality. But You will come again on a future day, and in such dread majesty that men will wither away with fear. O my Savior, condemn me not on that day of the world’s destruction. Visit me now in Your l love and mercy. I am resolved to prepare my soul. I desire that You come love and be born within me, so that when the convulsions of nature warn me of Your coming to judge me, I may lift up my head and, while the rest of men tremble at the thunder of Your judgment, , grant that I may have confidence in You because You are in my heart. Amen
The dominant theme of this coming Sunday is preparation for Christ’s coming. John the Baptist is sent to prepare the people for Christ’s first coming by preaching a Baptism of repentance. In the Old Testament lesson the Lord calls for a way to be prepared for His coming. The Epistle lesson deals with the Second Coming and the end of the world. Christians are to prepare by living blameless lives. The suggested Psalm of the day indicates that righteousness shall precede God’s coming. As we focus on John the Baptist’s words he calls on us to prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming. On Advent 1 we were assured that Jesus is coming again. This Sunday we prepare for His coming. As the Gospel suggests He may be coming to some for the first time; for all He will be coming a second time at the end of time.
Monday, 28 November 2011—
Psalm 80:1, 8a, 9b, 7; Antiphon, Psalm 80:3— Restore us,
O God; make Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.” The whole purpose of Jesus coming into this world
was to save us. In these weeks counting down to Christmas we remember that
Jesus entered time and space to be our Savior. As He came at just the right
time to redeem us He will appear at the right time to receive us into glory.
His timing is impeccable, His ways are perfect.
The psalmist prays for the restoration of God’s people, remembering the deliverance God wrought through Joseph. In Advent, we, too, pray for restoration—restoration from the bondage of sin. The vine out of Egypt of
8 recalls the flight of the Christ-child into Egypt to avoid
Herod’s persecution. That Vine has taken deep root and filled the land,
and it is through Christ, who is the Vine, that we have been restored.
Tuesday, 29 November 2011—
Psalm 85—Another psalm asking God for restoration, Psalm 85 recounts the
forgiveness of the Lord in the past, and prays that He might once again make
known His steadfast love, or mercy.
With confidence, the psalmist can say, ‘Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.’ For the steadfast love and faithfulness of the Lord do meet in the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh; there, righteousness and peace kiss each other. (
Wednesday, 30 November 2011—
Isaiah 40:1–11—‘Comfort, comfort my people,’
the Lord instructs Isaiah. Release from the bondage of sin is at hand. The
voice crying in the wilderness shall prepare the way for the glory of the Lord
to be revealed. The Word of God, which stands forever, shall assume flesh in
order to bring comfort to the people by removing the blot of iniquity. Then He
shall ‘tend his flock like a shepherd.’
Thursday, 1 December 2011—
Peter 3:8–14—Isaiah wrote his prophecy of the coming of Christ
seven hundred years before He came. It must have seemed an interminable amount
of time for those who lived during those years, wondering when God would
fulfill His promises. But the Apostle Peter reminds us that the Lord has His
own timetable, and a good purpose for accomplishing things in His own time. He
further admonishes us to be ready for the Lord’s Second Coming at any time, and
to live lives of holiness and godliness waiting for that day.
Friday, 2 December 2011—
1:1–8—In fulfillment of the words of the prophets Isaiah and
Malachi, John the Baptist comes to prepare the people for the coming of the
promised One. The coming of Jesus Christ is Good News (Gospel), Mark proclaims
boldly at the outset of his Gospel, but we must be prepared for His coming.
John the Baptist prepared the world in his day, and continues to do so in our
day, by calling people to repentance, urging them to confess their sins, be
Saturday, 3 December 2011—The hymn of the day, On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry (LSB 344), recounts the Old Testament and Gospel readings of the work of John the Baptist. It closes with a doxological stanza which proclaims the Good News that Jesus’ ‘advent sets Thy people free.’ This is Good News, indeed!
Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Some thoughts concerning our worship life together
The Lord’s Prayer is the chief prayer of the Christian Church and it is prayed here at the chief event of the Divine Service. As children of God, we call upon “Our Father” as we prepare to encounter Jesus in His Supper, acknowledging that in the Sacrament He will answer our petitions. The congregation prays, “Thy kingdom come,” then receives the
in the coming of Christ in His body and blood. We pray, “Thy will be done,”
then witness salvation being distributed. We pray for forgiveness of sins and
hear Christ’s own Word proclaiming that in His death He has accomplished
everything needed to “forgive us our trespasses.” kingdom of God
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