25 Jesus said:
Strange things will happen to the sun, moon, and stars. On the earth whole countries will be in despair, afraid of the roar of the sea and the raging tides. 26 People will be so frightened that they will faint because of what is happening to the world. Every power in the sky will be shaken. 27 Then the Son of Man will be seen, coming in a cloud with great power and glory.
28 When these things begin to happen, stand up straight and be brave, because your salvation is near. 34 Don’t spend all of your time with thoughts about eating or drinking or worrying about life. If you do, the final day will suddenly catch you 35 like a trap. That day will surprise everyone on earth. 36 Watch out and keep praying that you will have the strength to go safely through all those things that will happen and to stand before the Son of Man. (Luke chapter 21)
O God, good and merciful, in Advent we thank you for the beginning of a new year. Please bless us and fill us with your grace and your love. Please give us your Holy Spirit, so that we will be ready to welcome Jesus, when we celebrate his birth at Christmas, and to proclaim his victory when he comes again at the end of time. And then please give us eternal joy with you in heaven.
We make this prayer as we praise your name and your goodness, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and rules with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.