3rd Sunday of Advent
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THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT : SHEPHERD
THE CANDLE OF JOY
READER - The first Sunday of Advent we lit the Prophesy Candle in our Advent Wreath. it is also called the candle of hope. We light it again today as we remember Jesus, who was born Christ and King. And we remember that he will come again to fulfill all of God's promises to us. (a person lights the candle of hope.)
READER - Last Sunday we lit the Bethlehem candle, the candle of peace. We light it again today as we remember that Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, has come as savior and redeemer. The babe of Bethlehem has come to bring everlasting peace. (a person lights the candle of peace.)
READER - Today we light the third candle of Advent, it is the Shepherd candle, the Candle of Joy. When the angel Gabriel told Mary that a special child would be born to her she was filled with joy. She sang a song that began with the words: "My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
READER - Just as the birth of Jesus gave great joy to his mother, so his presence in the world gave joy to those who had none before. He healed them and gave them hope and peace when they believed in him. From hope, peace, and love grows joy.
READER - We light the candle of joy to remind us that when Jesus is born in us we have joy and that through him there will be everlasting joy on earth. (a person lights the candle of joy)
READER - Joy is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the joy we find in Jesus Christ.
READER - Let us pray: Thank you God for the joy you give us. We ask that as we wait for all your promises to come true, and for Christ to come again, that you would remain present with us. Help us today, and everyday to worship you, to hear your word, and to do your will by sharing your joy with each other. We ask it in the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem. Amen.
RETURN TO YOUR SEATS, THANK-YOU
(Credit for this Liturgy goes to Dr. Gary Waller)
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