ADVENT Candle Reading - Week 4 - Love

(use as much or as little as works for you)

 

 Read Psalm 136:1-3, 23-26

 Give thanks to the Lord because he is good.
    God’s faithful love lasts forever!

2 Give thanks to the God of all gods—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of all lords—
23 God remembered us when we were

humiliated—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
24 God rescued us from our enemies—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
25 God is the one who provides food for all living things—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever!

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven—
        God’s faithful love lasts forever!

 

 

Sing a verse and chorus of O Come, O Come Emmanuel

O come, O Bright and Morning Star,
and bring us comfort from afar!
Dispel the shadows of the night
and turn our darkness into light. 

 

Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
shall come to you, O Israel.

 

Light four of the candles:

one for hope,

one for peace,

one for joy,

one for love.

 

 One or two people read the following aloud:

 

Today we light the candle of love.

Today we declare that love cannot wait.

Love cannot wait for all hearts to be mended

Love cannot wait for all hatred to be undone

Love cannot wait

Because love is not the reward

Love cannot wait

Because love is the remedy.

Love moves toward the hurt

Love upends the violence

Love transforms each person

Today we light the candle of love

And remember that love is a choice

To show up, to dive in, to stick it out.

We remember that love is a commitment

To serve, to cherish, to forgive.

Today we remember that this is how our God comes to us.

Today we remember that this is how we are to go to the world.

We choose love today.

For ourselves and for our neighborhoods.

We choose it for our enemies and for our world.

We light this candle trusting that love will lead the way

We light this candle because love makes the world a little  brighter.

 

 

Prayer:

For those who feel unloved

For those who have been wronged

For those who have been left out

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