Our Sacred Roots: The Priesthood of All Believers
T he S eason of A dvent
First Sunday of Advent: Anticipation November 28 - December 4, 2021
Advent joyously affirms the First and Second comings of our Lord. Through the prophets, God foretold the Messiah’s appearing to his people, Israel. Through the angels, he announced his birth to Zechariah, Mary, and the shepherds. Let us reverently ponder the sure promise of God – the Deliverer will come and ransom captive Israel and the world.
THIS WEEK’S THEME God Fulfills His Promise, Jeremiah 33.14-16
The expectation of the Kingdom is a vision of restoration and blessing, of the Lord turning desolate streets and uninhabited cities into places where mirth, gladness, and song resound. The Lord promises that the days are coming when he will fulfill the promise he has made to Israel and Judah, and that he will raise up a righteous Branch for David’s throne. As the Lord of covenant faithfulness and grace, he will keep his word – the One whose name is “the Lord is our righteousness” shall come, in God’s time, for God’s glory.
Daily Devotional Guide Preparing Our Hearts
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation O LORD Jesus Christ, Who hast warned us that “in such an hour as we know not the Son of man cometh,” make us so watchful every day that we may be truly prepared when it shall please Thee to call us hence, and grant us then a share in those eternal joys which Thou hast prepared for Thy faithful servants, O Lord, Thou Lover of souls. Amen. ~ Rev. G. H. Sharpe, A.D. 1891, in Selina Fitzherbert Fox, A Chain of Prayer Across the Ages: Forty Centuries of Prayer from 2000 B.C.-A.D. 1916 . New York, NY: E.P. Dutton, 1943. p. 211.
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