Second Sunday in Advent 09 December 2018 A.D.

Second Sunday in Advent               09 December 2018 A.D.        Morning Prayer

 

Psalms. 119: 1 - 16        O. T.  Isaiah 55      The Epistle Romans 15: 4 - 13    The Gospel Luke 21: 25 - 33

 

 

 

                                             BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures

                                             to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in 

                                            such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest                                                       them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word,                                                                  we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of                                                              everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our 

                                            Saviour Jesus Christ.                       Amen.

 

 

 

 

                                     ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away

                                     the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light,

                                    now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ

                                   came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when

                                   he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the

                                   quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, 

                                  through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost,                                            now and ever.                                                        Amen.

 

 

 As we read the Epistle for today we see the panorama of ancient and modern history merge.

St. Paul writes about the many levels of out reach by God the Father.   In Church tradition we mark the sixth of January as the revealing of Christ to the Gentiles, the Epiphany.  In reality the revelation has been on going from the beginning of time.   

  From the establishment of a people, the Hebrews, who would be the conduit of God for the world, there have been contacts with God’s people by the Gentile world.    Ruth, the Moabite, Naaman the Syrian, Nebuchadnezzar the Babylonian, all who were gentiles, were introduced to the God of the Bible and the saving grace that would be manifest in the coming of His only Begotten Son,  the Lord Jesus.    

 4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.

10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.

11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.

12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

 verse 9 is from 2 Sam. 22:50, “...Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.”

 verse 10 is from Deut 32:43 “... Rejoice, O ye nations,...”

verse 11 is from Ps 117:1 “... O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people...”

and verse 12 is from Isa. 11:10 “... And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious...”

 

   This is proof positive that God was working behind the scenes all along.   Many time we will look at life and wonder why God isn’t there, we worry about things that are not ours to be concerned with and yet we wonder why God is not there.  Then through the course of history we see that he is indeed there, always in control, always controlling the course of history.  God is on his throne and he will not ignore his creation.  As we reflect on the various passages of his word the Bible, we can see that he reaches down through the halls of time to us in the present.  He always gives us a chance to come to him, now is the time of salvation.  God has provided us the means of grace, he sent his Son, Christ Jesus, to be our one and only sacrifice, the only way to God, the man Christ Jesus.

Let us take time to pause and reflect on the season of Advent. Let us pause a moment to see what David wrote in the 119th Psalm. This could be thought of as a “toolbox” for the soul. Think of the following verses and how we can apply them to our lives in living for the Lord. We seek the  Lord with our whole heard. We ask Him to teach us his statutes, to hide His word in our heart, that we might not sin against Him. We declare the judgments of the Lord with our lips, we rejoice in His testimonies; we meditate on His precepts and have respect unto His ways. And most especially we should delight ourselves in His statutes and do not forget His Word.

 

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.

13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.

14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.

15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word

 

Taking time to visit those who are homebound, to visit those who are lonely, to visit those who are afraid, we need show them the Love of God as manifest in his Son our Savior, who came once to save this world and is coming again to rule the new heaven and earth.   

Let us pray.

 Father, as we look out on bright sunny winter days or gloomy cold cloudy ones, help us ever to be mindful of your sacrifice, your only Son, who came as a baby, dwelt amongst us, was crucified, died , buried, and on the third day rose again, giving us hope.  The hope that we will one day rise again in newness of life, in a new body, and a perfect life, give us that hope and that peace that passes all understanding.   These things we ask in the name of the Father, and in the Son, and in the Holy Spirit.      Amen

 

 ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being; who knowest the weakness and corruption of our nature, and the manifold temptations which we daily meet with; We humbly beseech thee to have compassion on our infirmities, and to give us the constant assistance of thy Holy Spirit; that we may be effectually restrained from sin, and incited to our duty. Imprint upon our hearts such a dread of thy judgments, and such a grateful sense of thy goodness to us, as may make us both afraid and ashamed to offend thee. And, above all, keep in our minds a lively remembrance of that great day, in which we must give a strict account of our thoughts, words, and actions to him whom thou hast appointed the Judge of quick and dead, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

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