Second Sunday of Advent (Focus: Isaiah 40:1-11)
Reader 1: O God, we light the second candle of Advent.
(With the first candle already burning, a family memer lights the second candle.)
Reader 2: We seek your comfort. Both mighty and tender, you come. Prepare our hearts to be transformed by your love for us.
(Option): We have sought such a God, both mighty and tender. We recall...(a member or members of a family describe a time they sought the might and tenderness of God.)
Reader 1: Isaiah announced God's coming to a people exiled in a broken and parched wilderness. He declared that God;s redemtpion would make a highway in the desert and change the rough places into plain. God would come as a shepherd - feeding!, leading, and cradling the weary flock. This Advent, we seek such a God.
People: Saving God, look upon your world and heal your land and your people. Prepare us to be changed. This advent, teach us to be tender and just, as you are. Amen.
People: Shine on us, O God of justince:
Guide our path through gloom of night;
Bear within us Wisdom's glory;