Scripture: Psalm 61:1-4

When troubles surround us
When tasks pile up
When the frustration of the world seems so great–
Lord, deliver us.

When commercials tell us to buy, buy, buy
When consumption seems to be the way to happiness
When all we have is just not enough–
Lord, deliver us.

Save us in this Advent time,
Call us into quiet wonder and amazement
Slow down our beating hearts
So that we might remember, and pray:

Hope of the earth,
Hope of eternity
Hope of all,
Hope.

Prayer:
God of Hope, when our hearts are faint, lead us to the rock that is higher than ourselves. Remind us that You are alive and at work in the world around us. In the name of the Christ, who is coming, we pray. Amen.

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