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Getting Ready for Advent 4 | 12/20/2020 (includes home worship & Advent booklet)

Reflection on the Word in our Worship

Meditation on the Mystery of the Timeless entering Time.

Wonder! God is come among humanity; he who cannot be contained is contained in a womb; the timeless enters time, and great mystery: his conception is without seed, his emptying past telling! So great is this mystery! For God empties himself, takes flesh and is fashioned as a creature, when the angel tells the pure Virgin of her conception: “Rejoice, you who are full of grace; the Lord who has great mercy is with you!”

The Collect for Advent 4

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and as we are sorely hindered by our sins from running the race that is set before us, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

The Word:

(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)

  • First Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-17

  • Psalm 132 (posted below the Playlist)

  • Gospel Reading: Luke 1:26-38

  • A downloadable Home Liturgy with Spiritual Communion follows the Psalm

(click below to listen to Incarnation's Advent Playlist)

Psalm 132

1 Lord, remember David, *

and all his tribulations,

2 How he swore unto the Lord, *

and vowed a vow unto the Almighty God of Jacob:

3 “I will not come within the tabernacle of my house, *

nor climb up into my bed,

4 I will not allow my eyes to sleep, nor my eyelids to slumber, *

neither the temples of my head to take any rest,

5 Until I find a place for the temple of the Lord, *

a habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.”

6 Lo, we heard of the ark at Ephrathah *

and found it in the wood.

7 We will go into his tabernacle, *

and fall low on our knees before his footstool.

8 Arise, O Lord, into your resting-place, *

you and the ark of your strength.

9 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, *

and let your saints sing with joy.

10 For your servant David’s sake, *

turn not away the presence of your Anointed.

11 The Lord has made a faithful oath unto David, *

and he shall not shrink from it:

12 “Of the fruit of your body *

shall I set upon your throne.

13 If your children will keep my covenant, and my testimonies that I shall teach them, *

their children also shall sit upon your throne for evermore.”

14 For the Lord has chosen Zion for himself; *

he has longed for her to be his habitation:

15 “This shall be my rest for ever; *

here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein.

16 I will bless her provisions with increase, *

and will satisfy her poor with bread.

17 I will clothe her priests with salvation, *

and her saints shall rejoice and sing.

18 There shall I make the horn of David flourish; *

I have prepared a lantern for my Anointed.

19 As for his enemies, I shall clothe them with shame; *

but upon his head shall his crown flourish.”

(from the New Coverdale Psalter as found in the 2019 Book of Common Prayer)

Advent 4 2020
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2020 Advent Booklet
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