Advent Candle Readings – Expectation, Preparation, Justice, Joy

Short advent-candle lighting scripts with weekly themes of expectation, preparation, justice and joy.

Prayer: Demolishing the Walls

We want to feel the world your way,
flinging wide the doors
and letting the breath of your world surround us.
(Fifth Sunday of Easter Year C)

Prayer: A Voice Calling

Original prayers for you to use in any time of worship.
“Let us listen before we talk, let us offer help before we offer opinion,
And let us show humility before we show judgement.”

A bright new day – prayers of hope

Original prayers to use in any time of worship.
“Under the baking skies of Africa and the stormy skies of Asia
Create rivers of hope and oases of tranquillity.”

Prayer: Faces in the Crowd

We are here Lord:
the young and the old, rich and poor,
the wise and the foolish, healthy and infirm.
(Palm Sunday Year C)

Prayer: Today is a New Day

We are your unlikely body on earth;
so give us the strength to help others move on
from the yesterdays that bind them
(Fifth Sunday in Lent Year C)

Prayer: Dreams of Home

We’re coming home Lord,
From the dreams of last night and the tangled thoughts of today.
(Fourth Sunday in Lent Year C)

Prayers for Second Chances

Give us a second chance, Lord, to do those things today that we should have done yesterday; to say those things we should have said yesterday.
(Third Sunday in Lent Year C)

Prayers of Temptation and Sparkly Lives

When we stop being tempted by illusions of lives that are more sparkly
we can look around and see those who are in need here and now.
(First Sunday in Lent Year C)

Dazzling change – prayers for Transfiguration Sunday.

We’re not standing on any lofty mountain
but we have a god who is changing us every day,
making us ready to reach out and change a broken world.
(Transfiguration Sunday Year C)

Prayers of growing into your love

Original prayers for you to use in any time of worship.
“Let our words be inspired by yours,
Let our motive be simply your love”.

Prayers of God Made Real

Fill us with your spirit
and the desire to tell everyone that this is the year –
The year when they could make a difference.
(21-27 January Year C)

Prayers of Worlds Transformed

You transformed a belief in laws into a faith of grace;
you transformed the everyday into the extraordinary.
(14-20 January Year C)

A voice calling – prayers to help us hear

Original prayers for you to use in any Sunday service.
“to most it is a voice far off, indistinct, uncertain,
But if we listen very very hard we might hear the words:
This is my son”.

Prayers for Third Sunday of Advent

On the third Sunday of Advent the candle lighting script is based on the theme of justice, and the intercessions call for us to be God’s presence in a broken world.
(Third Sunday of Advent Year C)

Prayers for Second Sunday of Advent

On the second Sunday of Advent the candle lighting script is based on the theme of preparation, and the intercessions ask God to prepare us to reach out to this world.
(Second Sunday of Advent Year C)

Prayers for First Sunday of Advent

On the frst Sunday of Advent the candle lighting script is based on the theme of Expectation, and the intercessions expect that we will be God’s light in dark places.
(First Sunday of Advent Year C)

Prayers of Sacrifice

We remember those who down the generations
have given everything to build a better world.
Lord help us to bring your everlasting love to this weary earth.
(6-12 November Year B)

Prayers – Loving Your Neighbour

We are called to love God with every part of our being,
to love friends, relations, acquaintances, strangers.
Not just love a bit, but love in abundance.
(30 October-5 November Year B)

Prayer Through Child’s Eyes

Let us see again
through new eyes, a child’s eyes,
full of wonder,
full of hope.
(23-29 October Year B)