2nd Sunday in Advent, 08 Dec 2019, Matthew 3:1-12 ~ Prepare: repent and turn to God!

2nd Sunday in Advent

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening Prayer:

Your kingdom is at hand, O God of justice and peace; you made John the Baptist its herald to announce the coming of your Christ, who baptizes with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Give us a spirit of repentance to make us worthy of the kingdom. Let complacency yield to conviction, that in our day justice will flourish and conflict give way to the peace you bestow in Christ.

Grant this through him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near: your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
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Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus” – Red Mountain Music

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Gospel Reading: Matthew 3:1-12 (NLT)

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said,

“He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!’”

John’s clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey. People from Jerusalem and from all of Judea and all over the Jordan Valley went out to see and hear John. And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.

But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to watch him baptize, he denounced them. “You brood of snakes!” he exclaimed. “Who warned you to flee the coming wrath? Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones. Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.

“I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. He is ready to separate the chaff from the wheat with his winnowing fork. Then he will clean up the threshing area, gathering the wheat into his barn but burning the chaff with never-ending fire.”

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Prepare The Way” – Simply Taizé

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Intercession:

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

And now Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers for the church and for the world as we prepare for the return of Christ Jesus in glory. We pray especially –

+ For the peace of the whole world, especially in the Middle East,
that all may repent and turn to you….

+ For the well-being and unity of your people, throughout the world,
that all may repent and turn to you….

+ For all those who proclaim the Gospel at home and abroad,
that all may repent and turn to you….

+ For all who teach and disciple others at home and abroad,
that all may repent and turn to you….

+ For our nation, for those in authority, and for all in public service,
that all may repent and turn to you….

For our brothers and sisters in Christ who are persecuted for their faith,
that all may repent and turn to you….

+ For all those who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity,
that all may repent and turn to you….

Heavenly Father, grant these our prayers for the sake of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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“Isaiah 11:1-10 Lo A Rose E’re Blooming” – Sting

https://youtu.be/GbcBXYP4AlE?rel=0
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Closing: (Romans 15:13)

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.



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