O Come, O Come Thou Lord of Might

ADVENT WEEK 3 / Joy

Opening Prayer

God of timeless grace, you fill us with joyful expectation. Make us ready for the

message that prepares the way, that with uprightness of heart and holy joy we may

eagerly await the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ, who reigns with you and the Holy

Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Lighting of Advent Candels 1-3

Q. Why do we light the Advent candle?

A. To remember this truth: Jesus is the Word through whom all things were made. In

him is life and his life is the light of all people. If we receive his light, our joy is made

complete. (based on John 1:1-3 & John 15:11)

Prayer of Confession

Lord, we have neglected Advent disciplines. We’ve crowded them out with Christmas

celebrations that arrive too early and with our anxieties, selfishness and lack of trust.

Because of this, we have forgotten you and we are joyless. We are lost, in need of your

help. Come, Lord Jesus. Forgive and restore us. Guide and deliver us. Renew our joy.

Amen.

Readings for Week 3

· Sunday: Isaiah 35:1-10

· Monday: Luke 1:5-17

· Tuesday: Luke 1:18-25

· Wednesday: Luke 1:26-38

· Thursday: Luke 1:39-45

· Friday: Luke 1:46-56

· Saturday: Luke 1:57-66

Prayer of Faith and Response

The Lord’s Prayer or The Apostles’ Creed

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

Closing Prayer

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are

sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver

us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and

glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Download the full Advent Devotional from Matt Brown. Matt is the Senior Pastor of Resurrection Brooklyn.