Fourth Week of Advent

Prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship: Stir up your power, O Lord, and come. Take away the hindrance of our sins and make us ready for the celebration of your birth, that we may receive you in joy and serve you always; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,…

Third Week of Advent

Prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship: Lord, hear our prayers and come to us, bringing light into the darkness of our hearts; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-20. Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with…

Second Week of Advent

Opening Prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship: Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the way for your only Son. By his coming give us strength in our conflicts and shed light on our path through the darkness of this world; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with…

First Week of Advent

Advent has always been my favorite season of the liturgical year, especially when I was a Lutheran pastor. The prayers, the Scriptures, the hymns, the Advent wreath, all played their proper roles in stirring up hope in the midst of what might otherwise be a dark and gloomy time of early winter. Rediscovery of the…