Second Week of Advent – Sunday Romans 15:4-13

 

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.

May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,

that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,

and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise thee among the Gentiles, and sing to thy name”;

and again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people”;

and again, “Praise the Lord, all Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him”;

and further Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse shall come, he who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles hope.”

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

 

Father, we thank you, as the engrafted branches of Judaism, for the hope we have in Jesus Christ, Let us not take your mercy for granted, but sing our praises to you as we abound in hope you have given us, giving testimony to all the world. Amen.

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