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12.9 Advent Devotional

O Come, All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful,
joyful and triumphant;
O come ye; O come ye to Bethlehem!
Come, and behold him,
born the King of angels!
O come, let us adore him;
O come, let us adore him;
O come, let us adore him,
Christ, the Lord!

Scripture - Mark 1:1-8

1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way;
3 the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
    ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight,’”

4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with[g] the Holy Spirit.”

Devotion - Preparing the Way

As John the Baptist was called upon to prepare the way for the arrival of Jesus, we are called to prepare our hearts once again for the arrival of the Savior. The season of Advent sometimes sneaks up on us, and this is a year where that is possible because it came on the heels of our Thanksgiving celebrations.

 

As I move from a time of Thanksgiving to preparing  for the coming of Christ, I remember times when we as a faith community have prepared for this season. I remember all who helped with that process:  scaling ladders to hang wreaths and garlands, decorating trees, sharing your creative gifts, and remembering others by giving support to mission projects for the season.

 

What gifts are we bringing to share with others during this Advent season? Let us prepare the way for the arrival of God’s Son by sharing the gift of our love and support for others in any way we can. I wish everyone the blessings of this holy season.

 

Grace Hutchinson

Christmas Rejoicing, performed by A Ladies Ensemble from the Chancel Choir, composed by Jan Reese

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Many of us find that an intentional practice is important as part of our Advent reflections and you may want to consider this one. The Hunger Action Team suggests you set aside one food item or a small amount of money each day to stock the Food Pantry at North Raleigh Ministries. Click here for more information.