Fourth Week of Advent around the Wreath


Fourth Sunday of Advent -- Around our Wreath

 
Light one candle for Hope
Hope for those who gather with us
Hope for those without hope
Hope for those alone
Hope for those who battle illness 
of body, mind or spirit
Hope for ourselves that our faith 
might be greater than our fear
 
Light one candle for Peace
Peace in our hearts
Peace in our homes
Peace in our cities
Peace in our church
Peace in our world
 
Light one candle for Joy
Joy-hearts open to receive
Joy-hands ready to share 
Joy-bearers ready to be the stained glass
window through whom the Grace-light shines
Joy-holders that we might see the darkness
in another and hold the candle towards the light
Joy-watchers as we await
Emmanuel
"God With Us"
 
Light one candle for Love

In this week of Love
Let us be
 love 
good news for those 
in need of 
love in-deed
right action
justice for those forgotten
family for those alone
hope for those who despair
food for those who hunger
in body
mind 
spirit.
Let us be 
love
And light the 
candle of 
love
for all God's people

Then...
Let us light a candle
for peace
and be the peace
in the lives of others
 
Let us light a candle
for hope
and bear the hope
in a world yearning
 
Let us light a candle
for joy
that we might bring
delight 
to 
others.

Let us light a candle
for love
that we might
be those 
about whom others say,
"See how they
love one another"
That we will be a 
beacon of light
for others to follow


Bless us, O Lord
and these Thy Advent gifts
which we are about to receive
 
Amen.  So Be It!