Today is the First Sunday in Advent. It is a joyful time, as we celebrate the anticipated coming of Christ at His birth. Moreover, we celebrate as we look forward to His coming again! (One purple candle is lighted.)
The Psalm is the Twenty-fifth.
From the Prophets, Jeremiah 33:14-16. "Lo, days are coming, an affirmation of Jehovah, And I have established the good word That I spake unto the house of Israel, And concerning the house of Judah. In those days, and at that time, I cause to shoot up to David a shoot of righteousness, And he hath done judgment and righteousness in the earth. In those days is Judah saved, And Jerusalem doth dwell confidently, And this [is] he whom Jehovah proclaimeth to her: `Our Righteousness.'" --Young's Literal Translation
The Epistle is I Thessalonians 3:12-42.
The Gospel is Luke 21:25-28, 34-36.
The congregation may sing "Love Divine All Loves Excelling." The Choral choice might be "It is Well With My Soul." (Stanza Five quoted here, though entire song is to be sung.)
But, Lord, ‘tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh trump of the angel! Oh voice of the Lord!
Blessèd hope, blessèd rest of my soul!
It is well with my soul, It is well, It is well with my soul.