The Advent Season - Week 2

Danny Mitchell
Danny Mitchell

Humanity’s search for everlasting Shalom (peace) began as Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden for their disobedience, and it continues today.  One only needs to turn on a cable news program or spend a few moments reading news on the internet to know that peace outside of Christ is elusive and fleeting.  However, an everlasting peace has come to us in Christ, both in His first coming as a child in a manger; and in His second coming when He will bring peace to the nations.  As followers of Christ, we too are called to bring peace into our relationships, into our churches and into the world in which we live.  The scripture readings this week are divided into three sections.  The passages on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday focus on the internal peace that Christ brings to His people.  Using passages from Isaiah, the readings on Wednesday and Thursday emphasize the peace that Christ will bring to the nations.  Finally, the readings on Friday and Saturday focus on the peace that followers of Christ are called to bring to others.

Week 2:  Peace

Sunday, December 8: John 14:27; Ephesians 2:13-17
Monday, December 9: Romans 5:1-5;  Ephesians 4:4-7
Tuesday, December 10: Psalm 119:165-168; Psalm 29:10-11
Wednesday, December 11:  Isaiah 9:1-7; Isaiah 54:9-10
Thursday, December 12: Isaiah 11:1-9; Isaiah 26:12-15
Friday, December 13: 1 Peter 3:8-12;  Colossians 3:12-17
Saturday, December 14: Romans 14:13-19; Proverbs 12:20

Reflection Song: Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King!
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled."
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th' angelic host proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem."
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King”!

Christ, by highest heaven adored:
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of the favoured one.
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see;
Hail, th'incarnate Deity:
Pleased, as man, with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King!”

Hail! the heaven-born
Prince of peace!
Hail! the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die:
Born to raise the son of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King !"

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