Prayers: Advent Wreath First Sunday

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FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Advent Wreath)

The First Candle is purple...it is the candle of prophesy: it symbolizes hope and expectation.

It reminds us of the 400 years of silence that Israel endured while awaiting all that the prophets proclaimed...and we wait also.

As our nights grow longer and our days grow shorter, we look on these earthly signs–light and green branches–we remember God’s promises to our world: Christ, our light and our hope will come!

Hear the words of the prophet Isaiah:

"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing, as they rejoice before you as at the harvest." Is 9:1-2

(Light the Candle)

Let us pray: Oh God, rejoicing, we remember the promises of your Son! Shine your blessings upon us. May Christ shine one us and brighten our way by guiding us in his truth. Amen.

As we begin this Advent season, we remember the hope we have in Jesus. The prophets of Israel all spoke of the coming of the Christ...of how a Savior would be born...that he would be king of the line of David. They spoke of how he would rule the world wisely and bless all nations. 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. We light this candle to remind us to be alert and watch for his return.

Let us pray: 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 in your present coming. Amen.

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