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Advent Wreath Liturgy

Updated: Dec 24, 2020

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Christmas Eve


The waiting is over. We have remained hopeful. In spite of the challenges of our day-to-day lives, in spite of the ways our Christmas celebration may not align with our dreams, we continue to open our hearts and minds to God, trusting in all the good that comes with the arrival of Christ.


Today we light first the candles of hope, peace, joy and love, and then finally the center candle, the Christ Candle. We celebrate Christ’s coming into the world, to love us, to teach us, to guide us, to care for us. May our love and trust of God grow, may we strive to be led by God and to be true disciples of Christ, so that through our words and actions the world may be gifted to know greater hope, peace, joy and love.


Response: In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. Shine, holy light, shine. Amen.



Week 4 – December 20


Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent. The wait is almost over, but there is still work to be done in order to prepare for the coming of Christ. Today we remember how “the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.” Mary is young and does not understand the ways of God. Yet, at great cost to herself, she is willing to be an instrument of God, declaring “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”


Today we light the fourth candle of our Advent Wreath, the candle of Love. May we, like Mary, be willing to be a servant of the Lord, even when it puts us at odds with our culture, even when it challenges us to reconsider our priorities. May we trust in the Lord and be willing to embody deep love for others in what we say and do.


Response: In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. Shine, holy light, shine. Amen.


Week 3 – December 13


The prophet Isaiah preaches the good news of deliverance, proclaiming that the Lord has sent him “to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners. . . and to comfort all who mourn.” We are all oppressed by our tendency to serve self rather than God, but Christ calls and leads us in another direction. As we are released from all that binds us, as we create more and more room for God in our hearts, minds, words, actions, and in all aspects of our lives, we experience greater and greater joy.


Today we light the third candle in our Advent Wreath, the rose candle, the candle of Joy. We are reminded of why Jesus came into the world and promised that, to the extent we strive to align our path with his, we will experience deeper and deeper joy.


Response: In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. Shine, holy light, shine. Amen.


Week 2 – December 6


Today we hear the words of Isaiah who tells us that a voice cries out In the wilderness, “prepare the way of the Lord.” The prophet promises “the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together” and “he will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.”


On this second Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Peace, (light a second purple candle) trusting that the way of the Lord is indeed the way of Peace. May we do our part to prepare room in our hearts and in our lives for the Lord, so that we can, as individuals and as a community, follow the ways that lead toward peace.


Response: In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. Shine, holy light, shine. Amen.



Week 1 – November 29


Our lectionary reading today from the Gospel of Mark declares: "But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. (Mark 13:24-25). Our faith does not shy away from honestly describing life, which at times is full of darkness and dread.


But Christ came into this world not to prolong the darkness but to bring us light, thus our faith can be a source of strong and lasting hope during challenging times.

Today, the first Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Hope. (Light one of the purple candles) A sign that no matter how dark things may appear God is indeed with us. God invites and beckons us forward to a life defined not by the darkness of sin, but by the hope-filled light of love and mercy.


Response: In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. Shine, holy light, shine. Amen.

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