Advent 4: The Obedience of Faith*
Sunday, December 19th, 2010
Light again the first blue candle, saying: “Keep awake!,” the second blue candle, saying: “Abound in hope!,” the third blue candle, saying: “Celebrate!” .
Light the fourth blue candle.
Question: Why do we light this candle?
Response: We light this candle to remember the courage it takes to obey God.
Scripture: Read Matthew 1: 18-25
call us to do daring things,
to be brave,
to trust and obey.
We are thankful that Joseph
answered Your call so faithfully.
Help us to do the same
that Your plan for new life
can be born
for the sake of all the world. Amen.
Singing: Sing a hymn together. Following are some possibilities:
Wait for the Lord, Jacques Berthier 1984
All Earth is Waiting, Catalonian, Alberto Taule 1972
God of All Places, David Haas 1988
Proclamation: Grace to you and peace from our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. ~Romans 1:7b
Through the Week:
– light the first blue candle, saying: “Keep awake!,” the second blue candle, saying: “Abound in hope!,” the third blue candle, saying: Celebrate!” and the fourth blue candle, saying: “Trust in God!”
– wonder about how God is calling the church to trust and obey
* this title is taken from one of the Revised Common Lectionary readings for this day: Romans 1: 1-7
NOTE: Please go to the Christmas section for the Christmas candle lighting liturgy for this year.