Advent: Luke 3:1-6 – Prepare the Way of the Lord

Luke 3:1-6

1In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:

‘Prepare the way of the Lord,

make his paths straight.

5Every valley shall be filled,

and every mountain and hill shall be made low,

and the crooked shall be made straight,

and the rough ways made smooth;

6and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit is silent meditation five to fifteen minutes paying attention to the deep breath.
  • As you pay attention to your deep breath, lower or close your eyes as you feel led, focusing on the inward voice.
  • Seek the way of the Lord within you.
  • What new life/new creation lives within you?
  • Sit with this new life/new creation.
  • What new life/new creation is Christ calling you to share?
  • Who will receive this new life/new creation?
  • What is Christ’s message for you?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in seeking the new life/new creation and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 9, 2018, the Second Sunday of Advent (Year C)
Malachi 3:1-4
Canticle of Luke 1:68-79
Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6

Advent – Prepare the way of the Lord – Praying with Art

 

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five minutes engaged with this image.
  • What captures your attention?
  • Stay with this image, allowing it to deepen in you.
  • Sit another five minutes as you step into the image.
  • What deepens in the image?
  • Is there a message for you from God?
  • How is this preparing the way of the Lord?
  • Sit a final five minutes as you allow this image to permeate you.
  • Is there a call to action from God?
  • How is this preparing the way of the Lord?
  • Give thanks to God for the time to contemplate preparing the way and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 4, 2011, the Second Sunday of Advent Year B 
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD