This year I am adapting the Narrative Lectionary slightly for Advent, so the readings/themes are:
29 November, Advent 1: Mercy & Gift (Joel 2.12-29)
6 December, Advent 2: Living Hope (Isaiah 61)
13 December, Advent 3: Possible (Luke 1.26-45)
20 December, Advent 4: Promise Fulfilled (Luke 1.46-56)
You are welcome to use the candle liturgy, or to adapt it if you need to! I have made it sort of minimally-responsive…for pre-recorded worship, it will be read by one voice of course. For in-person worship, it will include some actions (covering eyes, reaching out hands, and a posture of blessing).
The numbered section is the bit that changes each week, the rest will remain the same.
In the darkest times we cannot see to make our way…
our eyes adjust, but still everything is shadowed and grey.
We reach out, desperate
for the familiar
In the darkest times,
even a faltering light can be just enough:
the flame flickers, twinkles, dances—and it is dazzling!
For in its light, we see light: God in our midst.
~Candle is lit~
1. However impossible it seems,
God’s mercy is from everlasting to everlasting,
and blessed is the one gifted with God’s vision.
Come, O come, Emmanuel, God with us, and we will rejoice.
2. However impossible it seems,
hope is alive, even in the midst of this world,
and blessed is the one whose living hope reveals God’s good news.
3. However impossible it seems,
here we are, the servants of the Lord, both perplexed and joyful —
and blessed is the one who trusts that with God all things are possible.
4. However impossible it seems,
God’s promise will be fulfilled —
and blessed is the one who sees the truth of God’s kingdom in our midst.
Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, St John’s Church of Scotland, Gourock