Leader: In the
nighttime of our longing,
we find ourselves far from God’s presence.
People: Even though we yearn to see God’s face,
our daily burdens and distractions
keep us from coming near.
We forget that the truest joy
comes from being in God’s presence.
All: Come! Walk in God’s presence.
Leader: God of restoration,
People: we yearn to walk in your way but often choose our own
path of turmoil and pain. Save us, Lord, from the pride
and foolishness of choosing our own course, that we may
humbly and confidently follow your lead, through Jesus
Leader: Throughout the tumult of life,
God holds you close in love.
Rejoice, because God’s wisdom is your guide,
God’s compassion is your strength.
God’s love is your redemption.
All: Come, let us walk in the way of God’s heart!
Come! Walk in the way of God’s heart.
The dawn is breaking!
Christ is coming to set us free from chaos.
He will show us the way.
the fourth Sunday of Advent. Advent–Epiphany worship resources are
produced cooperatively by Mennonite Church Canada, Mennonite Church USA,
Bible readings for today: Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19;
Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25.
Bible readings for next Sunday: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus
2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14, (15-20);
or Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20; or Isaiah
52:7-10; Psalm 98;
Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12); John 1:1-14.
Worship Bulletins © 2016 MennoMedia, Harrisonburg, Va., and Kitchener,
Printed in the USA. December 18, 2016. Cover design by Paul Stocksdale; ©
2016 Church of the Brethren.