Advent Daybook, 2: Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet

An Advent daybook for these 24 days of prayerful expectation. Join me, won't you?

For an introduction read this post: Advent Daybook explained. You can see previous Advent daybook 2018 posts here.

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Look: Escape, 2017, Nicolas Sanchez,

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Listen: "Winterfire" from Uncomplicated Christmas Songs, Hymns from Nineveh (lyrics)

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God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.”
”Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

‘Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.’”
”...and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
— Psalm 7:11; Isaiah 1:16-18; 1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10

* Sunday Scripture readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary (Year C). Daily Scripture readings are taken from the Book of Common Prayer (Year 1).


On Mondays through Advent we’ll practice an intercessory prayer method called “Prayers of the People”. This comprehensive format of call and response guides us through each sphere of our world with specific prayer. If you’re praying with a friend or family member, one of you can read the first part (the bidding) and one can read the second part (the response).

In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.


For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

For this community, the nation, and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

For the just and proper use of your creation;
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

For our church leaders; and all other ministers;
For all who serve God in his Church.

For the special needs and concerns of our congregation.


Add your own requests and petitions: ____________.

Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.


Add your own thanksgivings: ________________.

We will exalt you, O God our King;
And praise your Name for ever and ever.

We think of all who have died in Christ, and thank you that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.


Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;
Who put their trust in you.

We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.


Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen. Alleluia!
— Prayers of the People (Form VI), Book of Common Prayer



Let running water remind you to pray and give thanks for forgiveness.

“Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean … though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” (Is. 1:16a & 18b)

Today each time you wash your hands, dishes, or laundry simply and thankfully repeat the words of the ancient Jesus prayer: “Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.”

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(See all Advent Daybook posts from 2017 here.)