This Sunday

The Second Sunday in Advent

Sunday,  Dec. 4, 2011 ~ 10 a.m. ~ Main Chapel, Rev. Dr. Walter Wangerin Jr. preaching

This Sunday: On this Second Sunday of Advent, our anticipation grows with the lighting of the second candle of our Advent Wreath.  The Holy Gospel (St. Mark 1:1-8) calls to us with the words of John the Baptist to prepare the way of the Lord.  The New Testament Reading (2 Peter 3:8-15a) reminds us that God’s slowness in coming signifies God’s patience with humankind.  The Advent Prophecy (Isaiah 40:1-11), read at the beginning of our service, contains some of the most familiar advent words of promise, “Comfort, comfort, my people!”


Prayer of the Day:
Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son.
By his coming strengthen us to serve you with purified lives;
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.


Gospel Reading: Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,

    “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way;
    3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
    ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight,’”

4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”


Sunday Evening

Candlelight Evening Prayer is held at 10 p.m. in the Main Chapel. Rev. Charlene Cox preaches.

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Agnus Day

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