First Sunday of Advent

AdventWeek1Wreath4 is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7

You, LORD, are our father,
our redeemer you are named forever.
Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways,
and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?
Return for the sake of your servants,
the tribes of your heritage.
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
with the mountains quaking before you,
while you wrought awesome deeds we could not hope for,
such as they had not heard of from of old.
No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you
doing such deeds for those who wait for him.
Would that you might meet us doing right,
that we were mindful of you in our ways!
Behold, you are angry, and we are sinful;
all of us have become like unclean people,
all our good deeds are like polluted rags;
we have all withered like leaves,
and our guilt carries us away like the wind.
There is none who calls upon your name,
who rouses himself to cling to you;
for you have hidden your face from us
and have delivered us up to our guilt.
Yet, O LORD, you are our father;
we are the clay and you the potter:
we are all the work of your hands.

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99 Responses to First Sunday of Advent

  1. I want to thank all of you. I no longer have church roots … and I seek none … but I am pleased that I was able to gather together with like-minded souls today.

    It’s very hard to remain a Christian today.

    I find that I am surrounded by shams claiming it for entirely earthly advantages or by those who actively deny it and hate it. Even those who refute Islam would just as quickly refute Christ and Christians.

    Thus the chance to spend time with you here today was precious to me.

    Holy Spirit brought me here and allowed me to be surrounded, for a brief moment, with others of like mind toward the Holy. For an hour, I was walled away from the profane. I thank you who have blessed this place by your presence and thank the Almighty for this brief respite from the world and this exaltation of the spirit.

    I could probably keep talking, but I doubt if I could improve on what I’ve already said. Just … thank you.

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  2. All American Snowflake says:

    I ♥ this sentiment.


  3. ONe of the things I love about returning to my faith (in the most hilarious and poignant way imaginable…proving that God is both infinitely creative and hugely humorous and patient) is how it has restored curiosity to me that I haven’t had about it since I was a very little Catholic girl holding on to my faith for dear life when my parents divorce (in those days rare) left me feeling utterly lost and unsafe.

    I now see how absolutely every movie with a moving message and every character given heroism to which we relate can be found in the stories of the bible and the lives of the saints

    I am no longer fearful of letting people know that I say Merry Christmas because in history no solstice or whichever newer religion that latched onto Advent can come close to bringing the everlasting hope and joy that never changes through every era of the world.

    Thank you and God bless you.


  4. GaryT ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ🇺🇸 says:

    Oh, to open presents over Christmas coffee in the Blue Room. Magnificent!


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