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Nov 17

Words for Worship – Advent Candlelighting (Year B)

The lighting of the Advent Candles is an important Advent/Christmas tradition.  This liturgy refers to Isaiah 9:2 - the New Revised Standard Version of the verse is quoted at the start of each litany.  It also makes references to select RCL readings from each Sunday (all ”quotes” of scripture are taken or adapted from the NRSV).  It is written as a litany, but it can easily be adapted to be presented by one voice.

1st Sunday of Advent

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;

those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined.

We join with sisters and brothers around the world, lighting candles to mark our steps in this Advent journey.

Today, we light the candle of Hope.

Even though the world seems dark and cold, we know that the light of Christ is coming.  The face of our Lord will shine, and we shall be saved!

Testifying against all suffering and darkness, we kindle this light.  Together, we proclaim to the world that, in Christ, we have hope.

2nd Sunday of Advent

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;

those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined.

The light grows gradually brighter as we move through Advent together.

The candle of Hope already burns bright.  Today, we light the candle of Preparation.

The coming Christ desires us all to thrive, patiently wanting us to turn from the ways of sin and death.  As we wait for the coming of the day of God, we want to be ready.

Seeking a straight path, we light this candle to guide our steps.  Together, we prepare the way and strive to lead lives of holiness, goodness, and peace.

3rd Sunday of Advent

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;

those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined.

Week by week, the light grows stronger and brighter, as we anticipate the coming Christ.

The candles of Hope and Preparation are already ablaze.  Today, we light the candle of Joy.

We excitedly anticipate the coming of the Mighty One.  The promise of healing, comfort, liberty, and freedom is good news that is meant to be shared!

Rejoicing in the mercy and justice of our Lord, we kindle this flame.  Together, we lift our hearts and voices in songs of joy.

4th Sunday of Advent

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;

those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined.

The lights that we have kindled each week light the way to the coming Christ.

 The candles of Hope, Preparation, and Joy glow brilliantly.  Today, we light the candle of Love.

The coming Lord is forever faithful.  The never-ending affection and tenderness the Christ has for us is a gift that unequalled.

Praising the God who cares so deeply for all creation, we light this candle.  Together, we will demonstrate and share the love of Christ.

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;

those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined.

Our Advent journey is now complete.  The darkness is gone.  The Light of the World is here!

Our hope has been met.  Our preparations are done.  Our joy has been made perfect.  The love of God as come to live among us.  And so, today, we light the candle of Christ.

The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all.  The long-awaited Christ has come!

Celebrating the birth of our Savior, we light this candle.  Together, we will shine with the radiant light of Christ!

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  1. Rev Tony Walton

    Many thanks for your liturgy which is being used at Horbury Methodist Church, Yorkshire

  2. Rev. Denise Jacobs

    Thank you for this beautiful litergy. We will us it for Advent this year.

  3. Rev. Denise Jacobs

    Thank you for this beautiful litergy. We will use it for Advent at Owenwood UMC, Dallas this year.

  4. Susie Webster-Toleno

    Beautiful and new … just like the season. Thank you. We’ll be using this at the Congregational Church of Westminster West Vermont (UCC) and Christ’s Church, Saxtons River Vermont (UCC?ABC) with proper attribution.

  5. Rev Celeste Lasich

    Thank You! We planned to use Christ Be our Light as our Advent music.
    This liturgy is perfect. Thank you from Christ United Presbyterian in Marshall MN

  6. Kevin Channell

    Thanks for sharing. We will be using this at the Concord Presbyterian Church in Hooker, PA, and the North Washington Churches in North Washington, Pa. God’s blessing upon you.

  7. Brandon A. Boyd

    Thanks for this wonderful resource! The Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church – Nashville uses these resources to create a worship celebration that’s effective and relevant.

  8. David Hailey

    Thanks for this wonderful liturgy! We plan to use it in 2011 during our advent season!

  9. Peter

    A beautiful liturgy. This is being used in small Baptist Church in Devon, England.

    Thank you.

  10. Daren Junker

    Thank you for sharing this. The flexibility is perfect for our church, where it might be a family or just an individual on any particular Sunday lighting the candle.

    Being used in Elkton, South Dakota

  11. Richard Morris

    Hi, many thanks for this liturgy which will be used at Trinity Methodist Church, Spennymoor, County Durham. God bless you abundantly in this season of Advent!

  12. Mary Kay Glunt

    Thank you for this liturgy. It doesn’t get lost in social issues or theology, just celebrates the message. We will be using it, with your permission, this season at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church In Greenfield, Missouri. God’s best to you.

  13. Donna Wood

    Thank you for this liturgy. It is simple and fresh and great. We will be using it at Park Presidio UMC in San Francisco citing it’s author and her generosity in sharing it.

  14. Sheila Word-Rivers

    Thank you for making this liturgy available. I will use it at St. John AME in Kennett, MO.

  15. Todd Bergman

    Beautiful work. The Turpin United Methodist Church of Turpin, Oklahoma is grateful.

  16. Michael Morton

    Thanks also from Bethel United Methodist Church in Morganton, GA. We used these as a combination call to worship and advent reading. Well thought out. We have enjoyed the readings.

    Rev. Michael Morton

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