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This Christmas, Jesus comes slowly but surely… are you ready? Advent 2009 Praying with the Prophets

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Isaiah’s Prophecy of Names Advent Week 1: 6 Dec to 12 Dec Names. They tell others who we are, where we have come from and the persons we want to become. Names also reveal our ancestry, and the hopes and dreams our parents and elders have for us. Names allow us to enter into friendship and communion with others. For people of faith, names are God-given: they remind us we are God’s beloved and that God has a plan for us. Jesus is God’s name for Israel’s long expected Messiah. To the Israelites, God sent the Prophet Isaiah to announce a Prophecy of Names. The various names speak of the Messiah who saves not by might but by love. In this Second Week of Advent, let us prayerfully reflect on Isaiah’s prophecy. Doing so, let us be open to sense who Jesus is for us.

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Entering into prayer… Quieten yourself. Take a few deep breaths and rest in the quiet. God is inviting you to pray… God wants to be with you… God has good news for you… Enjoy God’s goodness for you… savour this truth…

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Opening prayer: Father, You created me with ears to hear, eyes to see and a heart to feel. I want to hear about Jesus’ wonder in my life. I want to see Jesus’ glory in my world. I want to feel Jesus’ love in my heart. Grant me generosity to listen to Isaiah’s prophecy. Bless me with your Holy Spirit to see Jesus better today. Then, set my heart ablazed to proclaim Jesus this Christmas Day. Amen.

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The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. Word of God: Spend a few minutes reading this passage from Isaiah 9.5 Prophecy of Names For a child is born to us, a son is given us: upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace. What word or phrase strikes you? Why? What are you feeling? What are you thinking?

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Adoration of the Shepherds by Martin SCHONGAUER,, c. 1480 Schongaeur’s Adoration by the Shepherds invites us to gaze upon Jesus, who Mary, Joseph and the shepherds kneel in adoration before. Jesus is their long awaited Messiah. He comes with many names to meet the many hopes of God’s people. In Jesus, all God’s promises will be fulfilled. Yet, Jesus comes as a weak, fragile baby though he is God, almighty and powerful. Jesus lies before them poor and meek though he is God, majestic and kingly. Here is Jesus like one of us. As you look at this painting and recall Isaiah’s words, consider your responses to these questions: who do you think the shepherds see before them? why does this baby mean so much to them ? how do you think their lives are affected upon seeing the child? if they had a name for Jesus, what do you think it was?

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Adoration of the Shepherds by Martin SCHONGAUER,, c. 1480 Have you ever wondered about this child? Who is this child to you? What name do you call this child by? What is it and what does it mean for you? Do these adjectives describe the way this child enriches your life and faith…

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... good? by adsj

... compassion : 

... compassion by thiagokunz

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... joy? by nobuuki taguchi

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…love? by nobuuki taguchi

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… peace?

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Like the shepherds, we too want to come to Christmas to call Jesus by name. Advent invites us to prepare ourselves to see Jesus in new ways. When we do this, we will find better names and more apt words to describe the beauty of Jesus’ coming. A way we can prepare ourselves for this is to look honesty at who Jesus in our lives. Let us name, claim and own the truth of Jesus who is with us, laboring for our good.

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Quiet Meditation: Spend a few minutes to share with Jesus your responses to the following questions: How have I met and experienced Jesus in my life?

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Quiet Meditation: Spend a few minutes sharing with Jesus your responses to these questions darkness am I struggling with today? By what special or personal name do I call Jesus by in my life?

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Quiet Meditation: Now, quietly re-read Isaiah’s Prophecy of Names. For a child is born for us, a son is given to us: upon his shoulder dominion rests. They call him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace? Who does God want Jesus to be for you today? Allow God’s Word to fill your heart.

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Quiet Meditation: Now, ask for a grace or blessing you wish Jesus to grant you this Christmas. Or, you may wish to use this short prayer. I sow is God’s light shinning Lord, Jesus, you come to be with us everyday moment of our lives. I believe you are God-who-is-with-us. Come, Jesus, come and help me celebrate your faithful presence with us this Christmas, and always. Amen.

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Advent invites to grow in hope. Daily, we have big and small struggles. We struggle because we want to be happy. Advent reminds us that we can be happy: Jesus has come, he is with us now and he will come again.

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At Christmas, we celebrate the coming of genuine hope into our world. Hope is no longer far away. Hope is Jesus, God-with-us. And so, we can be glad and rejoice. This week, we invite you to let Jesus enter into your life more fully as Hope and, through you, into another’s life in these ways… a concrete action I can do to let Jesus be real Hope for me is… and I can help make Jesus real Hope for another by doing this good deed….

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End by thanking and glorifying the Lord: You may wish to say or sing this Taize chant three times to close your prayer. Bless the Lord my soul And bless God’s holy name Bless the Lord my soul Who brings me into life. Amen.

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Join us for another set of slides in the 3rd Week of Advent to prepare spiritually for Christmas

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