From the order of worship for the second Sunday of Advent (Year C)
VOICE: Last Sunday we lit the first candle in our Advent Wreath, the candle of hope. We light it again as we remember that Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, will come again to fulfill all of God’s promises to us.
The candle for hope is lighted
VOICE: The second candle of Advent is the Candle of Peace. Peace is a word that we hear a lot. It is one of the things that we hope for. Christ brought peace when he first came to us and he will bring everlasting peace when he comes again.
VOICE: The prophet Isaiah called Christ “the Prince of Peace”. When Jesus came he taught people the importance of being peacemakers. He said that those who make peace shall be called the children of God.
VOICE: We light the candle of peace to remind us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace and that through him peace is found.
The candle for peace is lighted
VOICE: Peace is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the peace we find in Jesus Christ.
ALL: Thank you God for the peace you give us. We ask that as we wait for all your promises to come true, and for Christ to come again, that you would remain present with us. Help us today, and every day, to worship you, to hear your word, and to do your will by sharing your peace with each other. We ask it in the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem. Amen.
Founding and Senior Pastor of Gentle Spirit Christian Church and Editor-in-Chief of Whosoever, Rev. Paul M. Turner (he/him) grew up in suburban Chicago and was ordained by the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches in 1989. He was called to Atlanta in 1994 to pastor All Saints MCC. Five years later he founded Gentle Spirit Christian Church. He lives in Decatur with his husband Bill, who he met in 1982 while living and working in Ohio and legally married in 2015.