This week marks the beginning of Advent, a period of anticipation and preparation.
Over the next four weeks, Christians all over the world will begin to prepare for the celebration of Christmas. This is a time where we are encouraged to make space and slow down so that we can spiritually prepare to welcome Jesus into our lives at Christmas.
During each week in Advent, we will reflect on a different theme. This week all our prayers will focus on the theme of HOPE.
Our prayer for the first week of advent is:
O come Emmanuel.
We anticipate great news that we so desperately need.
Break into this world again and again and again,
Like you did so many years ago.
Bring joy to the people, hope to the hopeless, light to the darkness.
And may we prepare you room so that we may be instruments of your peace. Amen