The Collect and Bible Lessons for Advent 1B, 11/29/2020

Prayer to collect our thoughts on today's theme: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Isaiah 64: 1-9a – “A Prayer for Mercy and Help”

1 “Rip the heavens apart! Come down, LORD; make the mountains tremble. 2 Be a spark that starts a fire causing water to boil. Then your enemies will know who you are; all nations will tremble because you are nearby. 3 Your fearsome deeds have completely amazed us; even the mountains shake when you come down. 4 You are the only God ever seen or heard of who works miracles for his followers. 5 You help all who gladly obey and do what you want, but sin makes you angry. Only by your help can we ever be saved. 6 We are unfit to worship you; each of our good deeds is merely a filthy rag. We dry up like leaves; our sins are storm winds sweeping us away. 7 No one worships in your name or remains faithful. You have turned your back on us and let our sins melt us away. 8 You, LORD, are our Father. We are nothing but clay, but you are the potter who molded us. 9 Don't be so furious or keep our sins in your thoughts forever!”

Psalm 23 – “The Good Shepherd” (KJV)

(We are using the 23rd Psalm- KJV until the COVID- 19 crisis is over.)

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.

and will be forever. A-men.

1st Corinthians 1: 1-9 – “Blessings”

1 “From Paul, chosen by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from Sosthenes, who is also a follower. 2 To God's church in Corinth. Christ Jesus chose you to be his very own people, and you worship in his name, as we and all others do who call him Lord. 3 My prayer is that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless you with peace! 4-5 I never stop thanking my God for being kind enough to give you Christ Jesus, who helps you speak and understand so well. 6 Now you are certain that everything we told you about our Lord Christ Jesus is true. 7 You are not missing out on any blessings, as you wait for him to return. 8 And until the day Christ does return, he will keep you completely innocent. 9 God can be trusted, and he chose you to be partners with his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Mark 13: (32), 33-37 – “No One Knows the Day or Time”

Deacon: Jesus said, 32 “No one knows the day or the time. The angels in heaven don't know, and the Son himself doesn't know. Only the Father knows. 33 So watch out and be ready! You don't know when the time will come. 34 It is like what happens when a man goes away for a while and places his servants in charge of everything. He tells each of them what to do, and he orders the guard to keep alert. 35 So be alert! You don't know when the master of the house will come back. It could be in the evening or at midnight or before dawn or in the morning. 36 But if he comes suddenly, don't let him find you asleep. 37 I tell everyone just what I have told you. Be alert!”

Next Week’s Lessons- Advent 2, Year B

Isaiah 40: 1-11 – “Encourage God’s People” and “Your God Is Here!”

Psalm 85: 7-13 – “A Prayer for Peace”

2nd Peter 3: 8-15 – “The Lord Will Return”

Mark 1: 1-8 – “The Preaching of John the Baptist”

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