Advent – Canticle Isaiah 12:2-6 – I Will Trust and Not Be Afraid

Canticle Isaiah 12:2-6

2Surely God is my salvation;

I will trust, and will not be afraid,

for the LORD GOD is my strength and my might;

he has become my salvation.

3With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4And you will say in that day:

Give thanks to the LORD,

call on his name;

make known his deeds among the nations;

proclaim that his name isexalted.

5Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously;

let this be known in all the earth.

6Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion,

for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit is silent meditation five to fifteen minutes paying attention to the deep breath.
  • As you pay attention to your deep breath, lower or close your eyes as you feel led, focusing on your interior space.
  • Notice the well within you.
  • Describe the well.
  • What is the name of the well?
  • Embrace this well with in you. 
  • Return your focus to your interior space.
  • Name any fear you are experiencing.
  • Love this fear place in you.
  • Let the cool water of the well speak to fear.
  • Hear the good news of this Advent season.  Trust God and do not be afraid.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in seeking Trust and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 16, 2018, the Third Sunday of Advent (Year C)
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Isaiah 12:2-6
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18

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Advent – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Advent Joy

1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-24

16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise the words of prophets, 21but test everything; hold fast to what is good; 22abstain from every form of evil.

23May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • Breathe in the goodness of God in Christ Jesus.
  • Breathe out anything that is keeping you from complete joy.
  • Breathe in hope and peace.
  • Breathe out doubt and fear.
  • Continue this pattern until you feel the freedom of joy within you as much as you can.
  • Rest in this place of joy.
  • Be with God in this place of joy.
  • Allow your body to remember this place of joy so you may come back to this place when you need to experience joy.
  • What new peace does God have to offer you?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any  new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 17, 2017, the Third Sunday of Advent Year B 
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126:1-6
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Luke 1:46b-55
John 1:6-8, 19-28

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Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

Advent – Praying Joy

 

Joy is prayer.

Joy is strength.

Joy is love.

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.

Mother Teresa  

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation, paying attention to the deep breath.
  • Where do you notice joy in you?
  • Where do you notice joy in the world?
  • What net of love do you have to share this joy with others?
  • Who needs to be caught in the net?
  • What does God call you to do?
  • Give thanks to God for joy and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 11, 2011, the Second Sunday of Advent Year B 
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126:1-6
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

Advent – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Advent Joy

1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-24

16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise the words of prophets, 21but test everything; hold fast to what is good; 22abstain from every form of evil.

23May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • Breathe in the goodness of God in Christ Jesus.
  • Breathe out anything that is keeping you from complete joy.
  • Breathe in hope and peace.
  • Breathe out doubt and fear.
  • Continue this pattern until you feel the freedom of joy within you as much as you can.
  • Rest in this place of joy.
  • Be with God in this place of joy.
  • Allow your body to remember this place of joy so you may come back to this place when you need to experience joy.
  • What new peace does God have to offer you?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any  new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 11, 2011, the Second Sunday of Advent Year B 
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126:1-6
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD