Note: COCU relates to a way of coding for the lectionary year.
A word of comfort for God’s people, because a herald is announcing the coming of God to his people who are as fragile as grass. Yet God comes as a gentle Shepherd to feed and nurture his flock.
Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-13
Thanksgiving that God has forgiven and restored God’s people, so God’s people should not return to their wicked ways, but rather should listen to what God says, for God’s salvation is near, and God’s blessings are poured out.
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Peter encourages the believers to live godly lives as they await the passing away of the heavens and the earth and the coming of the new heaven and earth. God is not slow to keep God’s promise to do these things, but, in mercy, delays so that people may be saved.
John the Baptiser comes, as a fulfilment of Isaiah’s prophecy of the voice in the wilderness, and prepares people for the coming of a greater One after him, teaching that, although he baptises with water, the Coming One will baptise with the Holy Spirit.
(RCL reading summaries by John van de Laar, Sacredise)
General Advent resources here.
Hopelessness and temptations.
Worry and anxiety.
Evil in many forms pervades our world.
We light a bulb and it sizzles and fades out.
The light of hope is shattered into many pieces.
Sometimes it seems that darkness has the upper hand.
Light only lasts for a moment before hatred and hurt win.
Comfort your people O God!
We cry out to you!
Creating Spirit, point us toward your unfolding realm of light and love that flows steadily and persistently through the ages toward the time of wholeness. Reignite your image within us that we may manifest your shalom, justice, and extravagant love in each moment.
Restore and revive us during this hour. Use us beyond this time and place to be your hands in the world. Amen.
(Source: Tim Graves, Liturgy Bits)
Wash us with water,
John the baptiser.
Call us to follow,
John the proclaimer.
Show us the way,
John the prophet.
Make us ready for Jesus,
John, kinsman of the Christ.
(Source: Sarah Agnew, Pray the Story)
Rev David MacGregor, Together to Celebrate, Advent 2B