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                                Advent 1


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Luke 21:25-36

25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

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MORNING DEVOTION

Leader: God, our Father, each day is a gift of your grace.
Group: Your mercies are new every morning.
Guide our steps by the light of your Word.
Shield us from harm and keep us from evil.
Better than life is your love.
Put joy in our hearts and praise on our lips. Alleluia!

PRAYER FOR GRACE

O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely
to this new day. Defend us with your mighty power, and grant that this day we neither
fall into sin nor run into any kind of danger; and in all we do, direct us to what is right
in your sight, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
Amen.

READING

A Scripture lesson, a portion of Luther’s Small Catechism, or a devotional selection may be read.

HYMN OR PSALM

A hymn or psalm may be sung or said.

INTERCESSION

One or more prayers (see Personal Prayers on p. 134) may be used, concluding with all praying
Luther’s Morning Prayer.

LUTHER’S MORNING PRAYER

I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you
have kept me this night from all harm and danger. Keep me this day also from sin
and every evil, that all my doings and life may please you. Into your hands I
commend my body and soul and all things. Let your holy angel be with me, that the
wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen.

BLESSING

May the love of the Lord Jesus draw us to himself. May the power of the Lord Jesus
make us strong to do his will. May the peace of the Lord Jesus fill our lives.
Amen.


  






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First Lesson:          Jeremiah 33:14-16 1
Second Lesson:    1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Gospel:                     Luke 21:25-36
Psalm:                       Psalm 25

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Jeremiah 33:14-16

14 “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.

15 “‘In those days and at that time
    I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;
    he will do what is just and right in the land.
16 In those days Judah will be saved
    and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which ita]">[a] will be called:
    The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 33:16 Or he
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 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.

11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

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