- The Isaiah 2:1-5 reading is wonderful to use if your “theme” for the First Sunday of Advent is “Peace”. Create ornaments in the shape of peace signs to decorate your Christmas trees and/or distribute to home-bound members/friends.
- Psalm 122 is a friendly, welcoming psalm to use to usher in the Advent season. What if you substituted the name of your own city in place of “Jerusalem”? Do the words of the psalm ring out in a different (more personal) way?
- Inspired by Psalm 122, go on a “peace walk” or a “prayer walk” around your city/neighborhood. Stop in front of houses and stores to pray for peace and security and prosperity for all who live/work there.
- You may want to decorate with alarm clocks if you are focusing on Romans 13:11-14 (“wake from sleep”).
- Matthew 24:36-44 reminds us that we never know when the Son of Man will come to us. The point to the Christian life isn’t to figure out the “when” of Christ’s coming. The point is to be constantly ready to experience the arrival of the Christ – in every moment of every day.
Prayer of Confession (inspired by Isaiah 2:1-5 and Romans 13:11-14)
God of Peace, we confess that we applaud violence and division when we should encourage harmony and reconciliation. Wake us up, O Lord. Guide us to fashion our weapons of war into instruments of peace. Teach us to live lives that shine with your Light.
Prayer for Illumination (inspired by Romans 13:11-14)
Lord of Light, awaken us to be fully attentive to you in this moment. Illumine our understanding and guide us as we seek to put on your Word, that we may live more faithfully as your disciples.