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Prince of Peace in Prayer

First Sunday in Advent

December 2–8, 2018

Sunday

Prayers

For the joy of the resurrection among us; for the fruit of faith nourished by the Word and the Sacraments.

Readings

Isaiah 8:9—9:7 For to us a child is born

1Peter 4:1–19 Suffering as a Christian 

Psalm 24 (morning)

Psalm 25; 110 (evening)

Monday

Prayers

For faith to live in the promises of Holy Baptism; for one’s calling and daily work; for the unemployed; for the salvation and well–being of our neighbors; for schools, colleges, and seminaries; for good government and for peace.

Readings

Isaiah 9:8—10:11 Judgment against the arrogant

1Peter 5:1–14 Shepherding God’s flock

Psalm 122 (morning)

Psalm 40; 67 (evening)

 

 

Tuesday

Prayers

For deliverance against temptation and evil; for the addicted and despairing, the tortured and oppressed; for those struggling with sin.

Readings

Isaiah 10:12–27a, 33–34 The remnant will return

2Peter 1:1–21 The prophetic Word

Psalm 33 (morning)

Psalm 85; 91 (evening)

Wednesday

Prayers

For marriage and family, that husbands and wives, parents and children live in ordered harmony according to the Word of God; for parents who must raise children alone; for our communities and neighborhoods.

Readings

Isaiah 11:1—12:6 The righteous reign of the Branch

2Peter 2:1–22 False prophets and teachers

Psalm 50 (morning)

Psalm 14; 16 (evening)

Thursday

Prayers

For the Church and her pastors; for teachers, deaconesses, and other church workers; for missionaries and for all who serve the Church; for fruitful and salutary use of the blessed Sacrament of Christ’s body and blood.

Readings

Isaiah 14:1–23 The restoration of Jacob 

2Peter 3:1–18 The Day of the Lord will come

Psalm 18:1–20 (morning) 

Psalm 126; 62 (evening)

Friday

Prayers

For the preaching of the holy cross of our Lord Jesus Christ and for the spread of His knowledge throughout the whole world; for the persecuted and oppressed; for the sick and dying.

Readings

Isaiah 24:1–13 Judgment on the whole earth

1John 1:1—2:14 The Word of Christ 

Psalm 102 (morning)

Psalm 130; 16 (evening)

Saturday

Prayers

For faithfulness to the end; for the renewal of those who are withering in the faith or have fallen away; for receptive hearts and minds to God’s Word on the Lord’s Day; for pastors and people as they prepare to administer and receive Christ’s holy gifts.

Readings

Isaiah 24:14—25:12 (Obadiah 1–21)God will swallow up death

1John 2:15–29 Warning of the antichrists

Psalm 90 (morning)

Psalm 80; 72 (evening)

 

Prayer for Advent

Collect for the First Sunday in Advent

Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Preparing for Sunday, December 9, Second Sunday in Advent

Readings

Malachi 4:1–6 The Day of the Lord 

Romans 15:4–13 Christ the hope of Jews and Gentiles 

Luke 21:25–36 The Coming of the Son of Man 

 

Hymns

514 The Bridegroom Soon Will Call Us

336 Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending

355O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide

 

 

Luther’s Morning Prayer

I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You havekept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

 

Luther’s Evening Prayer

I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me thisday; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.