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Advent Candles: God-With-Us

Week 1
(Ezekiel 34)

One: Immanuel, God-with-us
One: Incarnate, taking-on-flesh
All: Right here, right now.
One: Light in the shadows,
One: Flickering yet strong,
All: Leading us in the way.
One: We light a candle of hope,
that we might better see our Good Shepherd,
our with-us God
who sits down in our midst
to share our humanity.
~candle is lit~

Sing: O Come O Come Emmanuel, verse 1 and “Wisdom”

 

Week 2
(Isaiah 42.1-9, 56.1-8)

One: Immanuel, God-with-us
One: Incarnate, taking-on-flesh
All: Right here, right now.
One: Light in the shadows,
One: Flickering yet strong,
All: Leading us in the way.
One: We light a candle of peace,
that we might better see the good reason we are called
by our with-us God
who sits down in our midst
to share our humanity.
~candle is lit~

Sing: O Come O Come Emmanuel verse 1 and “Desire of Nations”

 

Week 3
(Jeremiah 31.1-25)

One: Immanuel, God-with-us
One: Incarnate, taking-on-flesh
All: Right here, right now.
One: Light in the shadows,
One: Flickering yet strong,
All: Leading us in the way.
One: We light a candle of joy,
that we might better see the way to good relationship
with our with-us God
who sits down in our midst
to share our humanity.
~candle is lit~

Sing: O Come O Come Emmanuel verse 1 and “Key of David”

 

Week 4
(Matthew 1.18-25)

One: Immanuel, God-with-us
One: Incarnate, taking-on-flesh
All: Right here, right now.
One: Light in the shadows,
One: Flickering yet strong,
All: Leading us in the way.
One: We light a candle of love,
that we might better see the good news
of our with-us God
who sits down in our midst
to share our humanity.
~candle is lit~

Sing: O Come O Come Emmanuel, verse 1 and “Dayspring”

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, St. John’s Church of Scotland, Gourock

** “with-us God who sits down in our mids to share our humanity” is from an affirmation in the Iona Abbey Worship Book.

(we will be using this with two voices alternating the “one” lines, but it could be done with one leader and the congregation responding.)

Benediction: recognize Christ

We have heard and claimed God’s Good News in worship.
Now we go into the world to serve, to forgive,
to work for justice, and to give praise to God.
As we go, may we be filled with the Holy Spirit,
so we might recognize Jesus Christ in all people,
to the glory of God the Father,
now and forever. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Cedar Rapids, IA

hymn: Good People Come and Listen

Here is a Christmas hymn that would work especially well for either a Christmas Eve service or a Christmas Day service (as well as the rest of the season of Christmas).  It is written to the tune BEREDEN VAG FOR HERRAN which is commonly sung to the hymn “Prepare the Way, O Zion.”  The meter is 7.6.7.6.7.7. with refrain.

This hymn has at least two possibilities for singing:

  1. Have everyone sing every verse, or,
  2. Have a cantor sing verse 1, the choir sing verse 2, and everyone sing verse 3.

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Submitted by Rev. Stephen Fearing, Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, NY. Permission is given for use in worship–please do not remove copyright information.