Advent 3, 2014, Gentle Spirit Christian Church

Advent III, 2014: Lighting the Candle for Joy

The Candles of Advent (Year B)

The Third Sunday of Advent: Joy

Voice: Last Sunday the candle of peace was lit.  We light it and the candle of hope again as we remember that Christ will come again and bring to the world everlasting peace.

A person lights the candles of hope, and peace.

VoiceThe third candle of Advent is the Candle of Joy.  It reminds of the joy that Mary felt when the angel Gabriel told her that a special child would be born to her – a child who would save and deliver his people.

Voice: God wants us all to have joy.  The angel who  announced to the shepherds that Jesus had been born told them: “Do not be afraid.  I am bringing you good news of a great joy for all people – for to you is born this day, in the City of David, a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”

Voice: We light this candle to remember that Christ brings the promise of a new life – a life in which the blind receive sight, the lame walk, and the prisoners are set free.  We light it to remember that He is the bringer of true and everlasting joy.

Light the Third Candle.

All Sing: First three verses of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

Voice: Let us pray. Loving God, we thank you for the joy  you bring us.  Help us prepare our hearts for this gift.  Bless our worship.  Help us to hear and to do your word.  We ask it in the name of the one born in Bethlehem. Amen.