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November 30, 2018, 12:00 AM

For the First Sunday of Advent



Sunday, December 2, 2018

Designate someone to read the first section describing the Advent wreath and the first candle. Ask someone else to read the Bible verses. (When lighting the candle, exercise safety and caution, especially supervising children who might want to help with lighting the first candle.)

You’ll notice that this wreath is made of evergreens, symbolizing life in a world always marked by winter and death. The circle reminds us of God’s unending love and the eternal life He makes possible for us through Jesus.

"The first candle of Advent symbolizes hope."   It is called the “Prophet’s Candle.” 

The prophets of the Old Testament, especially Isaiah, waited in hope for the Messiah’s arrival.

Isaiah 7:14 says:    “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Isaiah 9:1-2 says: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.”

Isaiah 9:6-7 says: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.”

Prayer:

O God: In Jesus is our hope. Jesus is the fulfillment of Your promises. In Jesus we have hope. We find in Jesus our hopes fulfilled. Amen!

Light the first candle!


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