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First Sunday of Advent

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by Beth Ann Gaede

O God of promise, with cloud and fire, by day and by night, you led Israel from slavery to the land of milk and honey.
Show us your path; teach us to trust you.

O God of promise, through your prophets and angels, with wonders and signs, you prepared the way for Jesus.
Show us your path; teach us to follow to you.

O God of promise, from the manger in Bethlehem to the empty tomb, you walked with the least and the lost.
Show us your path; teach us to rely on you.

O God of promise, in water, bread, and wine, in Advent word, you draw our eyes to your coming at the end of time.
Show us your path; teach us to feast on you. Amen.


Beth Ann Gaede is an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor. She was editor of Alive Now and has worked with dozens of religious authors and publishers. Beth enjoys travel, studying Spanish, canoeing in the wilderness, and fly-fishing for trout.

Credit: Advent/Christmas prayers by Beth Ann Gaede. Permission granted to use in corporate worship settings. From November/December 2015 Alive Now. Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room.

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