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Second Sunday in Advent

December 5, 2021 @ 9:00 AM 11:30 AM

Pastor: “In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see–I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people'” (Luke 2:8-10).  Today we remember the shepherds, workers for the common good, steadfast watchmen isolated and alone, far from the warmth of home, doing the job no one wants. And yet God saw them, God valued them, and God declared the greatest news of all to them alone.

People: Today we give thanks for the shepherds among us, back-breaking laborers on whom our economy stands, those we overlook or rarely see, yet rely on for our very survival, the ones who have much to teach us about watching for God in the darkness.

Pastor: Today we light the first and second candles of the Advent wreath. The first candle is HOPE, the second candle is PEACE. We light the second candle as a symbol of the shepherds, agents of the gospel and redeemers of the world. “Let the Peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.” (Colossians 3:15)
Prayer (All)Almighty God, you offer rest for our hearts, and peace for our souls. Give us grace to seek peace in our lives, peace in this community, and peace in the world. Through Jesus Christ, the prince of peace. Amen.