4th Sunday of Advent

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4th Sunday of Advent
Occasion: Advent
Theological Tradition: General
Setting: Advent
Style: Traditional

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Event Liturgy

THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT: ANGEL

THE CANDLE OF LOVE

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 - The second Sunday of Advent 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 - Last Sunday we lit 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. (a person lights the candle of joy)

READER - The fourth candle of Advent is the Candle of Love. God's love is a perfect love. He holds nothing back. God, in love, gives us everything we need to live a life of hope and peace.

READER - The Bible says that "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life." God comes in Jesus to show us his perfect love.

READER - This is what love is like: Love is patient, love is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful or conceited, rude or selfish. Love is not quick to take offense, it keeps no records of wrongs, it does not gloat over other people's troubles, but rejoices in the right, the good, and the true. There is nothing that love cannot face, there is no limit to its faith, to its hope, to its endurance.

READER - Love never ends. We light the candle of love to remind us that Jesus brings us God's love and shows us how to love others. (a person lights the candle of love)

READER - Love is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the love we find in Jesus Christ.

READER - Let us pray: Thank you God for the love 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 love with each other. We ask it in the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem. Amen.

(Credit for this Liturgy goes to Dr. Gary Waller)


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