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                                                                                Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Advent

Prayers of Confession on Advent

O Merciful God, who came in Jesus Christ with saving power to a world that walked in darkness and in the shadow of death, we praise and bless you for all those your servants who helped prepare the way for his appearing, and for those who received him and grave to him the worship of their hearts and lives.

For prophets who in the face of tyranny declared your truth and your righteousness, for psalmists who in days of gloom still believed in your great goodness and sang praises unto your name, and for innumerable regular saints who waited in patience and unfailing hope for the manifestation of your glory, we raise to you our grateful praise.

Grant, we ask you, that we in this time may show forth your salvation. Help us to put away all untruthfulness and all selfishness and greed, all malice and prejudice and cowardice. Let your Holy Spirit cleanse us from all our sins, and teach us to love one another even as you dost love us, that we may make manifest in our lives what you can do for your faithful people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Ernest Fremont Tittle, Language modernized by Stuart Strachan Jr.


Gracious and faithful God  

– our Creator, Redeemer and Comforter: 

When we don’t know the way – You show us the way; and 

When we can’t find a way – You make a way. 

Thank you! 

Thank you for Your gift of a Savior – 

not a savior who stays distant and aloof,  

but one who enters the warp and woof of our existence 

as Emmanuel – God with us; and 

who then sanctifies every place and time in which we live. 

Richard Herman