“Advent Vespers” December 3 – Pay attention… until the day dawns

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Tonight I’m struck by a verse from Amos 3, and several verses from 2 Peter 1 both of which talk about the fulfillment of prophecy, and how God does nothing without revealing it through His prophets.

Amos 3:7  “For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.

2 Peter 1:16-21  For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Advent is traditionally a season where we look back at the prophecies made regarding Christ’s birth and note all the ways which Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection fulfilled the Scriptures.  It’s a season that helps confirm to us that God’s word and His promises are trustworthy.  Looking back at the promises about Christ’s first coming and their fulfillment, gives us confidence in the promises and prophecies regarding His second coming.

Advent in effect does exactly what Peter was doing in the Epistle of 2 Peter:  it reminds us of God’s truth.  It stirs up our hearts.  Here’s what Peter writes earlier in the chapter:  “I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder,”

This Advent I pray the Holy Spirit Himself will remind us of God’s true words of prophecy and through these reminders stir up our hearts to holy living.  May we pay attention to the teachings the Holy Spirit reminds us of until The Day dawns and Christ returns!

Two prayers:

Stir up, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful people
that, richly bearing the fruit of good works,
they may by you be richly rewarded;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
who is alive with with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.
Amen

(from the New Zealand Book of Common Prayer)

Stir up our hearts, O Lord,
to prepare the paths of thine Only-begotten Son:
that we may worthily serve thee
with hearts purified by His coming:
Who livest and reignest with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end. Amen.

(A Catholic Advent collect, often used during week 2 wreath lighting)

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Advent Worship: 

Lou Fellingham: There is a Day , from the album The Best Live Worship Ever (2007)

We WILL see Him!  Hallelujah

THERE IS A DAY

That all creation’s waiting for,
A day of freedom and liberation for the earth.
And on that day
The Lord will come to meet His bride,
And when we see Him
In an instant we’ll be changed.

The trumpet sounds
And the dead will then be raised
By His power,
Never to perish again.
Once only flesh,
Now clothed with immortality;
Death has now been
Swallowed up in victory.

We will meet Him in the air
And then we will be like Him,
For we will see Him, as He is,
Oh yeah!
Then all hurt and pain will cease,
And we’ll be with Him forever,
And in His glory we will live,
Oh yeah, oh yeah!

So lift your eyes
To the things as yet unseen,
That will remain now
For all eternity.
Though trouble’s hard
It’s only momentary,
And it’s achieving
Our future glory.

Nathan Fellingham

Copyright © 2001 Thankyou Music

CCLI Number: 3359080

Lyrics from We Are Worship

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