Advent Candle Liturgy 2014
(Narrative Lectionary Year 1: Habakkuk 1-2-3, Esther, Isaiah 42, Matthew 1)
One: In the darkness a light shines
though shadows lengthen, the flame burns bright.
All: Day by day God draws nearer;
day by day we prepare.
Hymn 350: Keep Your Lamps, verse 1
~the candle is lit~
One: In the depths of creation, God planted a vision
breathed it into life,
wrote it on our hearts.
add in week 2 (ideally a second single voice):
In every time and every place,
in this time and this place,
we are called to witness to real power, real authority:
Love made flesh.
then add on for week 3 (with 3rd voice):
God declares a new thing,
heavens and earth sing glory.
The promise is true,
and we are its messengers.
then add on for week 4 (4th voice):
Do not be afraid:
God is with us!
All: The Spirit calls us still to share the good news:
light shines, and darkness will never overcome it!
(It’s possible that each week we’ll begin with no candles lit, and light a new one between each additional segment.)
Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, The Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL