First Sunday of Advent
O God Who Comes,
We praise you that in the birth of Jesus Christ you fulfilled the hopes of your people for the Messiah, for the one who would bring in the kingdom of heaven and who would give us the assurance that you are in your grace working your purposes out.
We praise you for the gift of hope because it is hope that keeps us alive, that keeps us moving forward, and that keeps us doing what we can to make things better.
Cause our hope—the assurance that you keep your promises—to fill us with anticipation of what you are going to do and to inspire us to serve well, knowing that as we love you and love others we are participating in what you are doing.