WEEKLY READINGS AND PRAYERS
6th December 2020 Second Sunday of Advent
O Lord. raise up, we pray, your power and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness we are grievously hindered in running the race that is set before us, your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading Isaiah 40.1-11
Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall 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 grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever. Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’ See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.
Psalm 85 vv 1,2 & 8-end
1 Lord, you were gracious to your land; : you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the offence of your people : and covered all their sins.
8 I will listen to what the Lord God will say, : for he shall speak peace to his people and to the faithful, that they turn not again to folly.
9 Truly, his salvation is near to those who fear him, : that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth are met together, : righteousness and peace have kissed each other;
11 Truth shall spring up from the earth : and righteousness look down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give all that is good, : and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him : and direct his steps in the way
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning is now : and shall be for ever. Amen.
Second Reading 2 Peter 3.8-15a
But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed. Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given to him.
Gospel Mark 1. 1–8
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” ’, John the baptiser appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptised by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He 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. I have baptised you with water; but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’
Post Communion Prayer
Father in heaven, who sent your son to redeem the world and will send him again to be our judge: give us grace so to imitate him in the humility and purity of his first coming that, when he comes again, we may be ready to greet him with joyful love and firm faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers for the week beginning Sunday 6th December 2020
"Amen. Come Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20)
Collect for the second Sunday in Advent: O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness we are grievously hindered in running the race that is set before us, your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be honour and glory, now and forever. Amen
This week we are praying for those living in Roberts Way, Rushmere Place and Savill Mews.
In joyful expectation of Jesus' coming we pray to Him.
Sunday 6th December
Come to our churches, Lord Jesus, as they re-open today. Come to bless our worship. Come to keep us safe in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. Come to give us the courage to reflect to a world in darkness the glorious light of your love.
Monday 7th December
Come, Lord Jesus, to the people who hold power in your world today. Come to give them wisdom beyond their own wisdom that they may find the right ways to lead us through this present pandemic. Come to give them a desire for peace and justice that they may lead us out of conflict and division into unity and wholeness.
Tuesday 8th December
Come, Lord Jesus, to those who are suffering sickness and pain. Come to those who wait at the bedside of someone they love. Come to those who grieve because they long to be at that bedside and cannot be there.
Wednesday 9th December
Come Lord Jesus to those who mourn. Come to those whose loss is recent and raw. Come to those whose loss is further away in time but no less hard to bear. Come to those who feel the pain of loss even more keenly in these difficult days.
Thursday 10th December
Come, Lord Jesus, to those who have fears for the future. Come to those who have been furloughed once again from their jobs and face an uncertain future. Come to those who have already been made redundant. Come to those who are looking for work.
Friday 11th December
Come Lord Jesus to those who are lonely. Come to those who fear the loneliness of a Christmas separated from those they love. Come to those who feel they have been left alone and forgotten.
Saturday 12th December
Come to us Lord Jesus. Come with your promise of forgiveness and love. Come to our hearts and fill them with hope. Come into our lives and restore to us the joy of our salvation.
Heavenly Father, please accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen