This week’s lessons
First Lesson: Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm: 85:1-2, 8-13
Second Lesson: 2 Peter 3:8-15a
The Gospel: Mark 1:1-8
A message from Rev. David
I want to encourage you again, as I did last week, to gather the candles for the first part of the service. Don’t worry about the color of the candle. These can be any four candles, even if they are not the “correct” colors tradition offers. Gather them as we gather our thoughts and our hearts to focus on that feeling of waiting. This week we will light two candles, creating more light as that feeling of expectation of all that is coming into the world grows. This week, we will light two candles as the source of the light in our hearts draws closer.
Let us pray.
May the Lord’s peace be with us all.
The Lord is our faith and our life.
May God’s love shine in our hearts.
Our hope is in the coming of the Lord.
Light the first and second candles.
Let us pray.
God in Heaven, the day draws near where the birth of your Son will make radiant the light of the waiting world. May the quiet coming fill us with true inner peace.
Thomas Merton once wrote, “If we are called by God to the holiness of life, and if holiness is beyond our natural power to achieve (which it certainly is) then it follows that God must give us the light, the strength, and the courage to fulfill the task.”
In God’s time, not ours.
Yours in Christ,
I’m happy to share that due to a lot of work by Rachel Poli, you can now contact me directly at DPrentice @TrinityofWoburn .com (no spaces) by just responding to this email. Feel free to contact me with your thoughts and feelings as we lead up to Christmas.