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Liturgies for Advent - Expectation and Hope

Depending upon the tradition to which you belong, the shape of Advent services might follow a similar route year by year or, with liturgical series such as that used by the Anglican Church, follow a three year cycle of readings.

The themes most often used for the four weeks of Advent are Hope, Peace, Joy and Love; or God’s people, the Old Testament Prophets, John the Baptist and Mary. However, the choice of themes is not limited to the usual or comfortable, and with a little forward planning there are many ways in which the approach to Christmas can be tackled imaginatively, and bring out different truths about God's amazing love and Grace.

For some suggestions for Advent themes, both traditional and more contemporary (or unusual!) and a full list of current liturgies and prayers
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Short liturgies often form part of the beginning of a service whilst one of the Advent candles are lit, and the following liturgy is written with that end in mind, although could be used at any point within a time of worship

The Advent theme below is expectation and hope, and looks forward to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

 

Expectation/Hope


(Responses are in bold type)

He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. 1 Cor 1:8,9

Restore us, O God
Make your face shine upon us,
That we may be saved.
Uphold us, O God
Embrace us in your arms
That we might be saved
Uplift us, O God
With the promise of your Word
That we might be saved

Heaven and earth may pass away
But your word of truth remains


"At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens." Mark 13:26 - 27


In your time, Creator God
This world was put in place
And in your time
Became beautiful
Through the craftsmanship of your love.
Remind us always
As we look at sunrise
Landscape and tiny child
That at the centre of all things
Is the creative love of God.


In your time, Loving God
When we had wandered far
In your perfect time
You embraced the prodigal
Within the security of your arms.
Remind us always
As we look at pain caused
And hardship endured
That at the centre of all things
Is the forgiving love of God.


In your time, Saving God
You walked upon this earth
And in your time
Became one of us
To show what we could become
Remind us always
As we look at our lives
In comparison with yours
That at the centre of all things
Is the saving Grace of God


In your time, Mighty God
You will come in glory
And in your time
Gather the harvest
From one end of this earth to the other
Remind us always
In times of plenty
And in times of famine
That at the centre of all things
Is the love and mercy of God
Amen

 

 

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