Advent 2b – December 7, 2014


Scripture for the Day:

 Isaiah 40:1-11
 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
 2 Peter 3:8-15a
 Mark 1:1-8

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1st Reading

 Isaiah 40:1-11 (NIV)

Comfort, comfort my people,
    says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
    and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
    that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
    double for all her sins.

A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
    the way for the Lord;
make straight in the desert
    a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be raised up,
    every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
    the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
    and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

A voice says, “Cry out.”
    And I said, “What shall I cry?”

“All people are like grass,
    and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
    Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.”

You who bring good news to Zion,
    go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem,
    lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
    say to the towns of Judah,
    “Here is your God!”
10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
    and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 (NIV)

You, Lord, showed favor to your land;
    you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people
    and covered all their sins.

I will listen to what God the Lord says;
    he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—
    but let them not turn to folly.
Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,
    that his glory may dwell in our land.

10 Love and faithfulness meet together;
    righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
    and righteousness looks down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give what is good,
    and our land will yield its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before him
    and prepares the way for his steps.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

2nd Reading

 2 Peter 3:8-15a (NIV)

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


 Mark 1:1-8 (NIV)

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way”—
“a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.’”

And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


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Contemporary Song Suggestions for the Day: 

 HERE IS OUR KING  David Crowder | 2005 | CCLI Song #4490962

 MY DELIGHT IS IN YOU  Chris Tomlin \ Christy Nockels \ Jesse Reeves | CCLI Song #6517953

 PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD  Jeremy Riddle | 2009 | CCLI Song #5351361

 YOUR LOVE IS ALL AROUND  Bryan Brown \ David Leonard \ Leslie Jordan | 2011 | CCLI Song #6180816

 PREPARE YE THE WAY  Michael W. Smith | 2008 | CCLI Song #5286041

 WE ARE WAITING  W. Zachary Taylor \ Chris Kline | 2012 | A worshipcurrent Exclusive!

 SHINING STAR  Rend Collective Experiment | 2009 | CCLI Song #6186119

 YOU ARE GOOD  Kari Jobe | 2008 | CCLI Song #5075001

 I SEE HEAVEN  Bryan Torwalt \ Katie Torwalt | 2011 | CCLI Song #6088011

THEIF IN THE NIGHT  Jack Mooring \ Leeland Mooring | 2008 | CCLI Song #5107216

 GOD OF THIS CITY Aaron Boyd \ Andrew McCann \ Ian Jordan \ Peter Comfort \ Peter Kernoghan \ Richard Bleakley | 2006 | CCLI Song #5037070

 WE CONFESS  Glenn Packiam \ Ian Morgan Cron | CCLI Song #6476506

 NARROW ROAD  Braden Lang | 2010 | CCLI Song #5887055

 ALL THE POOR AND POWERLESS  David Leonard \ Leslie Jordan | 2011 | CCLI Song #5881130

 REIGN IN US  Ben Glover \ Jon Neufeld \ Tim Neufeld | 2008 | CCLI Song #5207587

 GOD IS COMING  Martin Smith \ Tim Hughes | 2011 | CCLI Song #5942505

 HERE FOR YOU  Jesse Reeves \ Matt Maher \ Matt Redman \ Tim Wanstall | 2011 | CCLI Song #5925649

 KINDNESS  Chris Tomlin \ Jesse Reeves \ Louie Giglio | 2000 | CCLI Song #3028373

 PREPARE THE WAY  Jared Anderson | 2004 | CCLI Song #4455347

 PREPARE THE WAY  Charlie Hall \ Louie Giglio | CCLI Song #3441008

      This week’s worshipcurrent pick for Holy Communion/Eucharist
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Hymn Suggestions for the Day:

 COMFORT COMFORT NOW MY PEOPLE  Tr. Catherine Winkworth | Public Domain | CCLI #4765271  | Hymnary

 HARK THE GLAD SOUND  Philip Doddridge | Public Domain | CCLI Song #2872960 | Hymnary

 HE COMES TO US AS ONE UNKNOWN  Charles Hubert Hastings Parry \ Timothy Dudley-Smith | 1973, 1984 Hope Publishing | CCLI Song #4507855 | Hymnary

Audio Recordings for the Day:

EVERY VALLEY SHALL BE EXALTED  G.F. Handel | London Symphony Orchestra | iTunes | Amazon

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