ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING CEREMONY – II

By far, my most popular post has been an Advent Candle Lighting Ceremony originally released in November of 2009. So I have decided to write a new one. You can see the entire ceremony here and download it by clicking on this link if interested:

https://app.box.com/s/v4dlj59j7bqe0tfc4ei4

Original 2009 Ceremony:
https://app.box.com/s/ie7fllgeakmtm384b2je

Week 1 (Hope):

Pastor: Jesus, be the light in our darkness.
As we light the candle of hope,
we pray for those feeling hopeless.

Pastor: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13
All: Lord, fill us with hope. Hope of a new day. Hope that all fears are removed. Hope that our worship will please.

Pastor: Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:23
All: Hope that doors of opportunity that seem locked will be opened. Hope that broken relationships will be restored. Hope that diseased bodies will be healed.

Pastor: We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. – Hebrews 6:19-20
All: Hope for something more than ourselves. Hope that damaged trust will be revived. Hope that flailing churches will be renewed.

Pastor: May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
All: Hope does not disappoint us. Hope is fulfilled.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Week 2 (Peace):

Pastor: As we light the candle of peace,
we pray for all who suffer the consequences of war and for all victims of violence.

Pastor: The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. – Psalm 29:11
All: I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:8
Women: We need peace.

Pastor: Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. – Psalm 34:14
All: I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints— but let them not return to folly. – Psalm 85:8
Men: Our present peace and our eternal life hangs on this work of Christ.

Pastor: LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us. – Isaiah 26:12
All: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6
Women: Peace starts with a smile.

Pastor: Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. – Isaiah 54:10
All: But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5
Men: God wants us to be at peace.

Pastor: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, – Romans 5:1
All: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests. – Luke 2:14
Women: We trade fear and anxiety, He provides peace.

Pastor: You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. – Isaiah 55:12
All: For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, – Romans 14:17
Men: We look for peace in the wrong places.

Pastor: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13
All: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. – Jude 1:2
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Week 3 (Joy):

Pastor: As we light the candle of joy,
we pray for the heavy-hearted.

P: The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. – Ps 19:8
All: The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P: You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. – Ps 16:11
Men: The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P: The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. – Ps 28:7
Women: The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P: May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. – Ps 67:4
All: The Joy of the LORD is my strength.

P: Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! – Ps 81:1
Men: The Joy of the LORD is my strength.

P: Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. – Ps 95:1
Women: The Joy of the LORD is my strength.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!—

Week 4 (Love):

Pastor: As we light the candle of love,
we pray for those who have never felt love,
and for those who struggle to love others.

M: Love is patient
C: It is not hurried

M: love is kind
C: It is not harsh, rough or hurtful

M: It does not envy
C: It knows no other Gods

M: it does not boast
C: but only in Christ

M: it is not proud
C: It is humble

M: It is not rude
C: It is polite, refined and civil

M: it is not self-seeking
C: It is thoughtful and compassionate

M: it is not easily angered
C: it is understanding and sympathetic

M: it keeps no record of wrongs.
C: it forgives

M: Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
C: Jesus is the truth and the truth is His native language.

M: It always protects
C: never endangers

M: always trusts
C: never doubts

M: always hopes
C: never fears

M: always perseveres.
C: Love never fails.

All: It always succeeds.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Christmas Eve (Christ):

M: Jesus, be the light in our darkness. As we light the candle of hope,
C: we pray for those feeling hopeless.
M: As we light the candle of peace,
C: we pray for all who suffer the consequences of war and for all victims of violence.
M: As we light the candle of joy,
C: we pray for the heavy-hearted.
M: As we light the candle of love,
C: we pray for those who have never felt love, and for those who struggle to love others.
M: Jesus be the light in the darkness,
C: that we might reflect your glorious light into the darkest corners of our sin-filled world. Amen.

M: “He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” (Luke 1:16–17)
C: What John the Baptist did for Israel, Advent can do for us.

M: We need a savior. “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”
C: Let every heart prepare him room.
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say rejoice.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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