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Wait Contemplate ADVENT 2017 DAILY MEDITATIONS BY MEMBERS OF Cathedral of St. Andrew Bethlehem Lutheran Church St. Marks Episcopal Church

FOREWORD Advent 2017 As a culture we seem to have lost our ability to wait. Our blood pressure rises at stop lights and grocery store lines and telephone help lines ... and so many other times when we

Sunday, December 3 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.

Monday, December 4 Do not remember against us the iniquities of our ancestors let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low. Psalm 798 Full text, Psalm 79 Whether as an Is

Tuesday, December 5 In that day, says the LORD, I will assemble the lame and gather those who have been driven away, and those whom I have afflicted. The lame I will make the remnant, and those who we

Wednesday, December 6 Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. Luke 213435

Thursday, December 7 Let us know, let us press on to know the LORD his appearing is as sure as the dawn he will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth. Hosea 63 Full

Friday, December 8 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great ma

Saturday, December 9 A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 3626 Full text, Eze

Sunday, December 10 A voice cries out In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be

Monday, December 11 They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 242 Full text, Acts 23742 Pray for this city. Pray for that group.

Tuesday, December 12 Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criti

Wednesday, December 13 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him yet the world did not know him. He came to w

Thursday, December 14 Moreover, wealth is treacherous the arrogant do not endure. They open their throats wide as Sheol like Death they never have enough. They gather all nations for themselves, and c

Friday, December 15 Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own but this one thing I do forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for t

Saturday, December 16 Jesus said to them, Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. Matthew 2131b Full text, Matthew 212832 If we read t

Sunday, December 17 May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves. Psalm 12656

Monday, December 18 Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time on

Tuesday, December 19 Then Elisha went to the spring of water and threw the salt into it, and said, Thus says the LORD, I have made this water wholesome from now on neither death nor miscarriage shall

Wednesday, December 20 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to th

Thursday, December 21 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through w

Friday, December 22 I declare that your steadfast love is established forever your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens. Psalm 892 Full text, Psalm 8914,1926 In this particular psalm, our Lord trul

Saturday, December 23 Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, Why did you not arrest him The police answered, Never has anyone spoken like this Then the Ph

Sunday, December 24 Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages

Monday, December 25 Christmas Day When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the L

An Advent Devotional Offered by Bethlehem Lutheran Church 250 Commerce Ave. SW Cathedral of St. Andrew 215 Sheldon Blvd. SE St. Marks Episcopal Church 134 N. Division Ave. Grand Rapids, Michigan

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