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Dec 17th, 2017 Prayer Resource Created by Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks
Call to Worship from Psalm 126
One Voice: Beloved, as we gather on this third Sunday of Advent, let us recall with gladness the God who has kept us thus far.
ALL: We gather with mouths filled with laughter, and we lift our voices with shouts of joy. Even through our tears and our struggles in these times, we rejoice for we know that we are never alone. Today, we can boldly declare in all circumstances that the Lord has done great things for us. Our joyful praise belongs to God. Alleluia and amen.
Call to Confession
Too often we lose sight of what is important and what is good for our souls—our bodies even! We spend our resources, our time and our energy on things that are not life-affirming or joy-inspiring—and sometimes we even fill up on things that cause harm to us, others and our planet.
Let us take a moment and reflect on the things we need to let go of? those places in our lives we need God to restore? Let us confess our sins, not out of guilt but with a desire to have our joy made complete in God. Let us pray in silence…
(Moment of Silent Prayer)
Prayer of Assurance
Sisters, brothers, siblings—God desires to be in right relationship with each and every one of us. Just as God forgave David and promised God’s steadfast love to him—so it is for us. Let us with joyful hearts turn back to God and as the prophet Isaiah declares “be led back in peace.” Having claimed this peace for ourselves, let us now share the sign of peace with one another.
Lighting of the Advent Candle
One Voice: Today we light the 3rd Advent Candle—the candle which represents joy.
ALL: In the lighting of this candle—we invoke God’s joy into this holy season, which can be painful and lonely for so many. We declare God’s joy in these times when the world is filled with hardness and hate. We believe that God’s promise of joy is everlasting and burns boldly within each and every one of us. Like the light of this flame, today we let our joy shine for all the world to see! Amen.