Under the Maple Canopy

Singing Union Songs Since 2009

Counting Down to Christmas – The Fourth Sunday in Advent

On this fourth Sunday in Advent we light the nineteenth candle on our Advent spiral and see we haven’t far to go.  We remember that the First Sunday and week in Advent (November 26th) was about hope, the Second Sunday and week in Advent (December 5th) was about peace, and the Third Sunday and week in Advent (December 12th) was about joy.  This week is about love.

We pray

O Emmanuel, Jesus Christ,
desire of every nation,
Savior of all peoples,
come and dwell among us.

O King of all nations, Jesus Christ,
only joy of every heart,
come and save your people.

O Key of David, Jesus Christ,
the gates of heaven open at your command,
come and show us the way to salvation.

O Wisdom, holy Word of God, Jesus Christ,
all things are in your hands,
come and show us the way to salvation.

(From Christmas Prayers, Victor Hoagland, C.P.)

And we read Isaiah 52:7-10 –

How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of the messenger bringing good news,
Breaking the news that all’s well,
proclaiming good times, announcing salvation,
telling Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Voices! Listen! Your scouts are shouting, thunderclap shouts,
shouting in joyful unison.
They see with their own eyes
God coming back to Zion.
Break into song! Boom it out, ruins of Jerusalem:
“God has comforted his people!
He’s redeemed Jerusalem!”
God has rolled up his sleeves.
All the nations can see his holy, muscled arm.
Everyone, from one end of the earth to the other,
sees him at work, doing his salvation work.

And we remind ourselves that Jesus taught us to pray “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”  What greater example of love can one find than the willingness to forgive?

Many thanks  to ChurchYear.net for their wonderful Advent resource that makes up the vast majority of our family’s personal liturgy.


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