Advent 3: Celebrate!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Candle Lighting: Light again the first blue candle, saying: “Keep awake!” and the second blue candle, saying: “Abound in hope!”.
Light a third blue candle.
Question: Why do we light this candle?
Response: We light this candle to rejoice in what God has done and is doing for the sake of the world God so loves.
Scripture: Read Matthew 11: 2-6
Prayer: You, Jesus bring heaven with You.
In You heaven kisses us and we are made whole:
sight comes to the blind,
hearing comes to the deaf,
healing comes to the sick,
life comes to the dead,
good news comes to the poor.
We praise You
and offer our lives to serve Your heavenly mission. Amen.
Singing: Sing a hymn together. Following are some possibilities:
People, Look East, Eleanor Farjeon, 1928
Joy Shall Come, Israeli trad., music arr. Darryl Nixon 1987
Hark the Glad Sound, Philip Doddridge 1738, alt.
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom,
like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly,
and rejoice with joy and singing. ~ Isaiah 35: 1-2a
Through the Week:
– At supper each evening, light the first blue candle, saying: “Keep awake!” and the second blue candle, saying: “Abound in hope” and the third blue candle, saying: “Celebrate!”
– Wonder about the places in the world, in our church, in our families, where we see heaven breaking out; celebrate this and proclaim it to others