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Advent Word for Day 18 – MERCY

Blow the trumpet in Zion;

sound the alarm on my holy hill.

Let all who live in the land tremble,

for the day of the Lord is coming.

It is close at hand.

Come, let us worship God.

—based on Joel 2:1, NIV





Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

ever faithful to your promises

and ever close to your church:

the earth rejoices in hope of the Savior’s coming

and looks forward with longing

to his return at the end of time.

Prepare our hearts and remove the sadness

that hinders us from feeling the joy and hope

that his presence will bestow,

for he is Lord forever and ever. Amen.