First Sunday of Advent (Peace – based on Isaiah 2:1-5)
Come and gather, O People of God!
Let us gather at the House of the Lord!
We await the Word, who will lead all nations.
We await the One who will guide us in Peace.
Let us – in peace – kindle the light of the Lord.
Second Sunday of Advent (Hope – based on Isaiah 11:1-10)
The Spirit of God rests fully on the coming Lord.
The promised Christ is full of wisdom and understanding in the Spirit of God.
The promised Lord will rule with true justice and righteousness.
All fear will change to comfort. All enemies will be transformed into friends.
As we trust in God, we find our peace.
In the grace of God, we find our hope.
Let us – with hope – kindle the light of the Lord.
Third Sunday of Advent (Joy – based on Isaiah 35:1-10)
The wilderness will dance and the dry places will sing praises to God.
When we see the glory of the Lord revealed, we will be strengthened and saved!
God’s peace opens our eyes. God’s gift of hope opens our hearts.
With joy, we will praise the promised Savior of the world!
Let us – with joy – kindle the light of the Lord.
Fourth Sunday of Advent (Love – based on Isaiah 7:10-16)
We seek a sign of the Lord our God.
From the depths of the earth to the heights of the heavens, let God’s sign be known to all.
A young woman shall give birth to peace, hope, and joy.
A young woman will give Love a name: Emmanuel – God is with us.
Let us – in love – kindle the light of the Lord.
Christmas Eve / Christmas Day (based on Isaiah 9:2-7, NRSV)
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
We who have lived in darkness have seen the Light of the Lord growing brighter, day by day.
This night, the True Light arrives.
This night, the Light shines brightest.
The Light of Peace has come.
The Light of Hope has come.
The Light of Joy has come.
The Light of Love has come.
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders, and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace. He will establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time onward and forevermore.
Let us kindle the light of the Lord!