Fourth Sunday of Advent begins end of waiting

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Leader: It’s almost Christmas! One more time we gather to pray so that we can be better prepared to welcome the Christ Child into the world. This fourth week of Advent marks the beginning of the end of our waiting — the gift we’ve been longing for is almost here.

» Light all four candles on the Advent wreath.

» Read aloud: Isaiah 7:10-14; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24.
(Leader may read all, or others in the household may each proclaim a reading.)

Leader: Way back in the time of the prophet Isaiah, people were nervous and afraid, and God reassured them that he would not abandon them by giving a sign: a virgin giving birth to a son whose name shall mean “With us is God.” The evangelist Paul greets the Romans by explaining who he is and why he has come — to spread the teachings of that child to whom the virgin gave birth — so that they too will be holy and enjoy salvation. Matthew’s Gospel, then, is like a flashback in a movie: Here’s how it all came about folks. Listen, because it’s the greatest story ever told.

Closing prayer:
(Leader may read all, or others in the household may each read a segment.)

» Dear God, help us always to remember the reason that we wait, each year, in great anticipation for Christmas — not for presents but for the greatest gift of all, your Son.

» Holy Spirit, guide the choices we make as Christmas nears. Through all we say and do, let us be evangelists who live and model the gospel way of life that Jesus taught when he walked this earth.

» Father in heaven, we offer thanks to you for the sign that Christmas is to the world — a sign that God is with us all our days, in every age and time.

» Come Lord Jesus. Through our Advent prayer, our lives and our hearts are prepared to welcome you. Be with us, for we are your people, and you are our God.

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