I will fulfill my gracious promise
Leader: We live in
troubled times, waiting for God’s burst of
light into our dark world.
People: Lift up your eyes! God’s justice is on the way.
Leader: Liberating God, sustain us and help us to walk in your
People: Free us from the chains of prejudice and the shackles
Leader: This is the moment to wake from sleep.
Be ready, Jesus is coming to set us free.
All: Let us worship God, whose mercy promises us new life
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
God of Advent, in the darkest days and nights of the year,
our hearts turn toward your promised light. Help us to not fear
the shadows in our own lives; help us to have courage to face
what binds us and keeps us from living in freedom in Christ.
Lead us in your light to a manger where the face of God—truth,
justice, mercy—shines bright and clear. Amen.
—adapted from Sing the Story #125
Now may God increase our love for one another and for all,
and strengthen our hearts in holiness
so that we will be blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus.
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent–Epiphany worship resources are
cooperatively by Mennonite Church Canada Formation, the Denominational
Ministry of Mennonite Church USA, and Leader magazine.
Bible readings for today: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10;
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13;
Bible readings for next Sunday: Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79;
Worship Bulletins © 2014 MennoMedia, Harrisonburg, Va., and Waterloo, Ont.
Printed in the USA. 11-29-15