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First Sunday of Advent
The First Candle – for the Future


We look forward to Christmas and to a new and better world beyond. We are called to care for and protect this fragile earth, to bring joy where there is sadness, justice where there is despair, peace where there is discord. These are our Christmas gifts to a troubled world.

As we look forward to Christmas we light this first candle in expectation of the coming of Christ and as a promise that we will never forget the task he gives, to be stewards of this world and friends to its people.

The first candle is lit

Prayer: Lord, as we prepare for this Christmas help us to take each opportunity to make our world a better place. Amen.





Second Sunday of Advent
The Second Candle – for Justice


We look forward to Christmas and to the justice of Christ. This Christmas as we eat and drink there will be many less fortunate. But Christ comes for all, regardless of age or sex or nationality or religion or wealth. He comes to bring justice to an unjust world, and he calls us to help.

As we look forward to Christmas we light this second candle in the hope of justice and as a promise to work with Christ to bring it.

The second candle is lit

Prayer: Lord, in all that we do this Christmas help us to remember those who are waiting for justice. Amen.





Third Sunday of Advent
The Third Candle – for Joy


We look forward to Christmas and to the joy that it brings. Some of us may not be feeling the joy yet – we have too much to do and too little time. Some find Christmas an unhappy time. And some are just overexcited! But now is the time to rely on the deeper Joy that comes from Christ alone.

As we look forward to Christmas we light this third candle in thanks for the joy that springs from Christ, that flows through us, and that warms the whole world.

The third candle is lit

Prayer: Lord, as we prepare to celebrate your coming let joy well up inside us and touch the world around. Amen.





Fourth Sunday of Advent
The Fourth Candle – for Peace


We look forward to Christmas and to the peace of Christ. There has been so much to do, so much to prepare, and some of us are still madly rushing about trying to get it all ready. But as Christmas approaches we know that there is not much more we can do.

As we look forward to Christmas we light this fourth candle in the knowledge that the coming of Christ takes everything out of our hands. This is God’s world.

The fourth candle is lit

Prayer: Lord you are coming, and we open our hearts to receive all that you have for us, and to give you all that we are. Amen.




Christmas Day
The Christ Candle

Christmas has come! Christ is here! Time to enjoy whatever the day has brought us, time to reach out and show God’s love to all around us.

We light this Christ candle because words can’t adequately express that Christ is the light that banishes all darkness from our world and our hearts.

The final candle is lit

Prayer: Lord who casts out our deepest darknesses and lights our way to the future, who brings the gift of joy to the despairing and warmth to a cold world, burn brightly in our hearts, our town, our world today. Amen.





© Rod Belt 2013, 2021
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