2nd week of advent

Advent Wreath

A family member lights the first two candles of the Advent wreath.

Then someone leads the family in the following:
Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Rejoice, the Lord is at hand! Come, Lord Jesus. AMEN.

Scripture

Someone leads a Bible reading from among the following:

Sunday Luke 3:1-6
Monday
John 13:31-14:6
Tuesday
Romans 8:28-39       
Wednesday
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Thursday
Galatians 5:1-13
Friday
1 John 3:1-24
Saturday
1 John 4:7-14

 

Prayer

All: Our Father…
Continue with other prayers, thanksgivings, and intercessions

Leader: Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Leader: The almighty and merciful Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless us and keep us. AMEN.

**Prayer transforms us**
This day/week what are things we are doing, saying, thinking that prepare us for the coming birth of Jesus Christ?

Advent

What is Advent?
Advent comes from the Latin word Adventus meaning “the coming”, but the coming of what?

It is a preparation for the coming of Christ in three ways:

The remembrance of the Birth of Christ

The anticipation of the 2nd Coming of Christ

The coming of ourselves to Christ


The Advent Wreath
An Advent wreath is a ring of evergreen holding four candles. The circle symbolizes God’s everlasting love for His creation, and the evergreens represent Christ’s gift of eternal life. The light of each candle represents the light that Christ brings to the World. On Christmas day, a white candle is lit in the center of the wreath to announce the birth of Christ who is the Light of the World. As you (and your family) gather daily for prayer, begin by lighting one candle the first week, two candles the second week, three the third week and so on. Advent is a season of preparation, and each week has a subtheme to help us prepare:

Week 1: 1st candle: HOPE
Week 2: 2nd candle: LOVE
Week 3: 3rd candle: JOY
Week 4: 4th candle: PEACE
Christmas Eve: Christ-Candle: SALVATION

Printed copies of Advent - Preparing for the Coming of Jesus, are available at Christ the Redeemer.

Contact the church for a copy or pick one up on Sunday!


1St week of advent

Advent Wreath

A family member lights the first candle of the Advent wreath.

Then someone leads the family in the following:
Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Rejoice, the Lord is at hand! Come, Lord Jesus. AMEN.

Scripture

Someone leads a Bible reading from among the following:

Sunday: Luke 21:25-31        
Monday
Jeremiah 29:10-14
Tuesday:  
Micah 7:7-12
Wednesday:
Romans 5:1-11
Thursday:
Romans 15:1-13
Friday:
Hebrews 10:19-25
Saturday:
1 Peter 3:8-21

 

Prayer

All: Our Father ...
Continue with other prayers, thanksgivings, and intercessions

Leader: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Leader: The almighty and merciful Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless us and keep us. AMEN.

**Prayer transforms us**
This day/week what are things we are doing, saying, thinking that prepare us for the coming birth of Jesus Christ?


3rd week of Advent

Advent Wreath

A family member lights the first, second and third candles of the Advent wreath.

Then someone leads the family in the following:
Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Rejoice, the Lord is at hand! Come, Lord Jesus. AMEN.

 

Scripture

Someone leads a Bible reading from among the following:
Sunday:
Luke 3:7-18 J
Monday:
Isaiah 35:1-10        
Tuesday: 
Isaiah 12:1-6    
Wednesday:
Luke 15:1-10
Thursday:
 Hebrews 12:1-15
Friday:
James 1:2-22
Saturday:
1 Peter 1:3-15

 

Prayer

All: Our Father…
Continue with other prayers, thanksgivings, and intercessions

Leader: Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Leader: The almighty and merciful Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless us and keep us. AMEN.

**Prayer transforms us**
This day/week what are things we are doing, saying, thinking that prepare us for the coming birth of Jesus Christ?

4th week of advent

Advent Wreath

A family member lights the all four colored candles of the Advent wreath.

Then someone leads the family in the following:
Leader:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Rejoice, the Lord is at hand! Come, Lord Jesus. AMEN.

 

Scripture

Someone leads a Bible Reading from among the following:
Sunday:
Luke 1:39-56

 

Prayer

All: Our Father…
Continue with other prayers, thanksgivings, and intercessions

Leader: Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

Leader: The almighty and merciful Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless us and keep us. AMEN.

**Prayer transforms us**

This day/week what are things we are doing, saying, thinking that prepare us for the coming birth of Jesus Christ?

Christmas eve

Advent Wreath

Light the center Christ candle, in addition to the other 4 candles.

 

Scripture

Someone leads the Bible Reading from:
Luke 2:1-20

 

Prayer

All: Our Father…
Continue with other prayers, thanksgivings, and intercessions

Leader: Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Leader: The almighty and merciful Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless us and keep us. AMEN.

**Prayer transforms us**
This day/week what are things we are doing, saying, thinking that prepare us for the coming birth of Jesus Christ?