Monday, November 28, 2011
Liturgy for First Week of Advent 2011
First Candle: The Prophesy Candle (purple)~
Symbolizes hope and expectation.
We await all that the prophets promised would come to pass…
As our nights grow longer and our days grow short,
we look on these earthly signs-
light, and green branches-
and we remember God’s promise to our world~
Christ, Our Light and Our Hope, will come.
Hear the words of the Prophet Isaiah:
The people that walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
On those who lived in a land as dark as death,
A light has dawned.
You have increased their joy
and given them gladness;
They rejoice in your presence
as those who rejoice at harvest.
Rejoicing, we remember the promise of your Son!
Shine your blessings upon us.
May Christ shine on us and brighten our way by guiding us in His truth.
Voice 1: Today we celebrate the first week of advent. We remember the hope we have in Jesus.
Voice 2: The prophets of Israel all spoke of the coming of The Christ…of how a Savior would be born…that He would be a King from the line of David. They spoke of how he would rule the world wisely and bless all nations.
Voice 3: As the followers of Jesus, we await His return. We light this candle to remember that as he came to us humbly in a manger at Bethlehem and gave light to the world, so He is coming again in power to deliver His people.
Voice 4: We light this candle to remind us to be alert and to watch for His return.
~Light the Candle~
Lord, thank you for coming!
As we wait for you…
as we celebrate this Holy Season-
Let us not lose our focus.
Help us to keep our eyes on You.
Help us to see You.
O Come, O Come- Emmanuel!
~Blow Out Candle~