First Sunday of Advent

Advent


by Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Loving God, you are our peace;
     prepare our hearts for your coming.
Forge the swords of bitterness into plows of blessing;
     till the soil of our souls for your springing forth in us.
Remove our heart’s defensive armor,
     clothe us in light alone,
     and pierce our wide-open hearts with your love.
By your Spirit in us, may we be at peace:
     awake, and ready to welcome your presence.
Amen.


Steve Garnaas-Holmes is a poet, songwriter, and ordained pastor in the UMC in MA, where he lives with his wife, Beth. He writes a daily reflection, Unfolding Light (unfoldinglight.net), as well as lectionary-based music and worship resources.

Credit: Advent/Christmas prayers by Steve Garnaas-Holmes. © 2013 Alive Now. Permission granted to use in corporate worship settings. From November/December 2013 Alive Now. Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room. 

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