Second Sunday in Advent – December 6, 2015

PASTOR’S DESK
Greetings, to all, as we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent it is important for us Christian to prepare for the coming celebration of Christmas.  Take time to reflect and find space for your daily reading of the ‘Blue Book for Advent,’ or ‘The Word among Us,” both are in front of the church free.  As a fire needs oxygen to ignite, so we too need a space to be receptive to the grace of God in our life.

We also on Wednesday at 10 a.m. faith sharing group and we are using the Book, “The Holy Year of Mercy,” come join us!

If you are looking for an Advent program, you might consider the following.

“Smile often. Pray. Tell those that you love that you do.

Rediscover old friends. Make new ones. Hope. Grow. Give. Give in.

Buy some flowers. Share them. Keep a promise. Laugh often. Reach out. Hug a child. Slow down.  See a sunrise. Listen to rain. Trust life. Have faith. Enjoy.

Make some mistakes. Learn from them. Explore the unknown.

Celebrate your own life.  And Most of all; Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.”

Here is a nice reflective prayer that you can use when things settled down and you just want to turn the lights off and light your Advent wreath and meditate this prayer

 

Lord,

A candle stands before me.

It burns restlessly,

Sometimes with a small,

Sometimes with a larger flame.

Lord, I too am often restless.

Let me find rest in You.

 

It gives me light and warmth.

Lord, let me too be light for the world.

It burns away and consumes itself in its service.

 

Lord, may I also be of service to people.

With this candle I can ignite other candles.

Lord, may I also contribute in this way

That others may begin to shine.

 

Peace and Blessings!

 

Fr. Luis
Reminder: Tuesday, Dec. 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Mass is at 9:00 in the church.


LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER

By our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

 

Dec. 6, Second Sunday of Advent

   A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low…and all flesh shall see the salvation of God”.

  What way shall we prepare for the Lord?  Is it not a straight and level highway in our hearts that we are to make ready? Prepare a way for the Lord by living a good life and guard that way by good works.  Let the word of God move in you unhindered and give you a knowledge of his coming and of his mysteries. To him be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.

Origen (183-253)

 In today’s readings we hear that God will gather His children, save them from their enemies, and bring them back in glory, removing their tears and giving them cause to rejoice!

 

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Gathering Song:  Gathering Song for Advent

   Come Lord Jesus, come Lord Jesus, come and give us your peace.

Psalm 126:  The Lord has done great things for us, we are filled with joy. 

Preparation of Gifts: On That Holy Mountain (ss)

Communion:  A Voice Cries Out  # 45 

Freedom is Coming, choir

Recessional:   Save Us, O Lord # 663

 

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