Advent

Worship Together: The Light has Come!

Below is a Christmas reading.

As you join together on Christmas day, designate one person as the leader. That person reads the bold sections. 

Everyone reads the italics section together. 


A Christmas Reading

Leader:
Thousands of years ago, in the town Bethlehem, the Savior was born. His love made manifest in bodily form, no longer are we separated from the Light. Hallelujah! Our King is here!

Together:
Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Leader:
Our Light has come, our Great Emmanuel. Spoken of by the prophets and watched for through generations, the Light of the world became incarnate through the Virgin Mary. Joyful, joyful, our hearts are freed!  Hallelujah! Our King is here! 

Together: 
Christ by highest heav'n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Leader:
This babe, laid in a manger, scatters the darkness and brings peace to the Earth. This wailing baby boy, born that we can live again. His Light is life! Hallelujah! Our King is here! 

Together: 
Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!” 

Leader:
Our King is here! The Light has come! Hope for all mankind born on this day, he came to set the captive free, to heal the broken, and to cure the land. He came to fold us into his love and set our hearts free again. 

Together: 
As we open our presents and raise up our glasses, let us remember the hope of our Lord.  Let the flicker of his Light burn bright in each and every moment of our Christmas and the days ahead. May our hope in this season set our lives alight by the power of this newborn King.  

Merry Christmas! 

Merry Christmas!
 

The Light of Christ

The Advent Wreath is a tradition that the Church has practiced for centuries! Each Sunday of Advent another candle is lit in honor of what Christ brought to us by becoming the incarnate God. 

The ring, often made of evergreen leaves, represents eternity. The peace of Christ is complete and lasts forever. 


Take a moment of silence to focus your thoughts. 

Light:

The candle of Hope.

Say: 

We thank you, Jesus, for being our hope.

Light:

The candle of Love.

Say:

We thank you, Jesus, for loving us. 

Light:

The candle of Joy. 

Say:

We thank you, Jesus, for bringing us Joy.

Light:

The candle of Peace.

Read: 

Jesus brought peace to us, not like what the world offers us, but something greater. God’s peace is eternally secure because he has promised to never leave us. He has given us his Spirit to be with and in us until we can again walk Jesus. By his Spirit we too can be peace-bringers. 

Pray:

A prayer of thanksgiving to God for providing Peace through Jesus.

A prayer of request that you might be a bringer of Peace  to your neighbors this Advent season.


The Lighting of the Christ Candle

Read:

John 1:9-14 (NLT Below)

"The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.  He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son."

Light:

The Christ Candle.

Say together:

We light the Christ candle in honor of Jesus, our Savior. He is our true hope, our true love, our true joy and our true peace. He was born a baby, lived perfectly, suffered, died, and rose again. He is alive and he reigns, hallelujah! 

Pray:

Thank you, Jesus. Thank you. We ask that your Holy Spirit would guide us into the darkness, equipped with your Light. Amen. 

Rejoice:

Take time to rejoice! For you, maybe that is playing worship music and singing freely. Maybe it is sharing a bottle of wine or kettle of tea and making toasts to all of the ways Jesus has shone his light into your life this year. However it looks, rejoice!

Advent 2017: Let there be Light

The Christmas lights are hung with care and one by one neighborhood streets, once boring, have a bit more color and glow. It is easy to think that Christmas is just a story about the shiny things like tinsel and bells, lights and garland. But the story is also about darkness. The world was dark and needed Jesus. 

Christmas isn’t a time to be distracted from the struggle, tragedies, and evil in our world; but rather, a time to look at the fear they create in the face and say, “You have no victory here.”

The world needs something better than, jolliness. This world needs a Savior.

This Advent season as we prepare to celebrate the coming of our King, we will meditate on our need for the Light of the World. We want to carefully wade through the darkness around us and, by doing so, expose it to the Light. Will you join us? Will you walk into the darkness with us as we carry the Light that the Spirit of Jesus has birthed in us?

 


Each Sunday we will light the Advent Wreath candles together. If you would like to join us, gather your Advent Wreath supplies (simple or intricate, creative or purchased) this weekend. 

If you have kids in your life, be sure to download the children’s activity document here, as some supplies will be needed. 
 

ADVENTure KIDS

This year, we decided to provide a once-a-week activity for you to enjoy with the kids in your life. The target ages include elementary-middle school, but take a look and see if it is right for you!  Each "ADVENTure" is a hands-on activity to help you communicate the meaning of Hope, Love, Joy, or Peace. Let us know how they work for you and yours!