Advent: The Inn “Making Room (Hope)”
November 28, 2021
Jeremiah 33:14-16 CEB
Reverend Nancy Amos
Lighting of the Advent Wreath: Hope
First Sunday in Advent: Hope
Watch and wait for Christ’s coming! Light candles of hope, peace, joy, and love, remembering the promises of God with prayer.
We light this candle in hope. Light the first candle.
Hear God’s promise of hope from Isaiah 2:2-4:
In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.
Let us pray:
Faithful God, renew us in hope, that we may work toward Christ’s advent of hope among all nations. God of promise, God of hope, into our darkness come.
Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16 CEB
14 The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill my gracious promise with the people of Israel and Judah. 15 In those days and at that time, I will raise up a righteous branch from David’s line, who will do what is just and right in the land. 16 In those days, Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is what he will be called: The Lord Is Our Righteousness.
Hope waits for us at Advent. Hope waits for us to trust. Hope waits for our commitment to a land that’s kind and just. In this time of preparation for the work of co-creation, for the birthing of a world that heals the ones in pain. Hope is born in us again! - Words from the song, “Hope Waits for Us at Advent.”
How do we make room?
“If we’re going to make room for a new story then there is a whole lot of things in the old story that have to go.”
- Reverend Grace Imathiu
Steps of Faith
- Ask God to help you make room for more of Jesus in your life
- Put your GPS (Grow, Pray, Study) Guide into practice this week
Resources: Bible by God, The Inn by Marsha McFee