Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Zephaniah 3:14-20, Psalm 96, and Romans 13:11-14
Be careful, be vigilant: God is coming. Prepare yourself, because you don’t know when Jesus will be coming back.
Jesus comes at unexpected times and in unexpected places. We have to be ready to receive him, and we have to be able to recognize him when he arrives. Advent helps us to prepare, and being prepared helps open our eyes to what Christ is doing.
Jesus is coming. Are you ready?