First Week of Advent - Hope


(Isaiah 64:1-9) O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence-- as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil-- to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed.  We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.  There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.  Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.  Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people. [NRSV]

Hymn: O Lord, How Shall I Meet You – Text & Tune / Youtube Video


God, we pray for you to come down and we hope we will be prepared to meet you.  Set us free from our fears and sins. Reign in us forever.  Set us on fire for you. Forgive our sins and mold us into the people that you want us to be. You have done great things for your people in the past; give us the faith to know that you will continue to do great things for us in the future. We are waiting for you still.