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Advent Week 2: Peace

By Jeremy Bedenbaugh
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In the second week of Advent, we take time to reflect on God’s peace that he supplies to us without end in Jesus. While it is true that Jesus came to put an end to sin and its penalty once and for all, his coming into the world has accomplished so much more than that! 

Jesus’ coming has given us peace with God that cannot be undone. And God has purposed from the beginning to restore us to himself by his own plan and power. The prophecies of the Old Testament that are fulfilled in Christ’s coming give us confidence and peace that God is who he says he is and that God does what he says he will do.

And for those of us who are in Christ, our peace is doubly sure, because we not only have the peace of God with us right now, we have the peace that comes from knowing that nothing at all, not even death, can separate us from the love of God that is our in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Directions:

Each night when you gather with family or friends to pray:

  • Sing the hymn below together, and then read one of the readings.
  • As you pray the prayer appointed for the week, light the first two candles in your Advent Wreath, the candles of Hope and of Peace.

 


Hymn:

O come, O come, Emmanuel

And ransom captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appears

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan’s tyranny

From depths of Hell Thy people save

And give them victory o’er the grave

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

Readings:

Day 1: Micah 5:2-5a

Day 2: Psalm 89:1-4

Day 3: Isaiah 7:14

Day 4: Isaiah 11:1-10

Day 5: Matthew 1:18-25

 

Prayer Appointed for the Week:

Stir up our hearts, O Lord,

to prepare the paths of your Only-begotten Son:

that we may worthily serve you

with hearts purified by His coming:

Come quickly, Lord Jesus,

who lives and reigns with God the Father

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

ever one God, world without end. Amen.

 


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