The Family Advent Wreath

While serving at Asbury United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Rev. Monte Marshall and I regularly put together an Advent Devotional Booklet. At the beginning of each week in the devotional booklet we wrote a short, lectionary based liturgy to use with a Family Advent Wreath candle lighting liturgy. Devotionals for each day of the week were written by various members of the congregation.

In our family, the lighting of the Advent and the sharing of the accompany liturgy around the kitchen table became a central element in our preparation for Christmas. Even now, with our children grow and having children of their own, this still a central part of our devotional preparation for the coming birth of Christ.

The liturgy is based loosely on an ancient sharing of the Passover meal modified and adopted for Advent. Each Friday in Advent I will offer another week’s liturgy for use as a family (whether it be one person or many) in preparation for the birth of the Christ child. Those wishing to receive the liturgy for the First Sunday in Advent may email my Executive Secretary, Mrs. Pattie Wood, (PattieWood@ctcumc.org) and she will send you the liturgy for the First Sunday. Bishop Mike Lowry

The Second Sunday of Advent

(For use with a Family Advent Wreath)

Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11 

(Open by reading the Word of the Lord from the Prophet Isaiah.)

Light two candles as the family says together: “Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world, he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”

A child asks: “Why do we light two candles?”

A parent responds: “The first candle reminds us of the hope we have in the Savior’s coming. The second candle reminds us of the love of God given us in the baby Jesus. God’s outpouring of love calls us to prepare ourselves with love for others as we celebrate the coming of the Savior into our lives and the world. We prepare for Christ’s birth through acts of love and kindness towards others, especially the poor and lost.”

Read:   Mark 1:-8

Sing: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,

                And ransom captive Israel,

                That mourns in lonely exile here,

                Until the Son of God appears.

                Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel, shall come to thee,

                O Israel!

Prayer: “Lord God, You call us to prepare the way for the birth of your Son our Savior and Lord. May the love which you pour out upon us so fill us with love that your love overflows our lives on to others, especially those forgotten, neglected and rejected. Help us to be so involved with loving others in your name that we make straight your way in the desert. In the hungry, sick, poor, lonely, imprisoned, and stranger may we see you present with us. Fill our lives with your Spirit of love and sharing during this time that we may so prepare for your coming birth by sharing and loving others. Amen.”

 

 

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