Friday, 2 December 2016
Praying in Advent with USPG,
(6): 2 December 2016
This is the first week of Advent, which began last Sunday [27 November 2016]. Throughout this time of preparation for Christ’s coming at Christmas, I am praying each morning and using for my reflections the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency, USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel).
USPG is also marking the time around the beginning of Advent, from 25 November to 10 December, as ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.’
The USPG Prayer Diary:
Friday 2 December 2016:
Pray for an end to gender inequality in our churches. Pray that Christians would set an example to the world as a people who address the concerns of women.
Readings (Revised Common Lectionary, the Church of Ireland, Holy Communion):
Isaiah 29: 17-24; Psalm 27: 1-4, 16, 17; Matthew 9: 27-31.
The Advent Collect:
Give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light
now in the time of this mortal life
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.