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CHURCH YEAR - ADVENT WREATH CEREMONY: Christ is proclaimed the Son of God and Savior

FIRST SUNDAY

Reader 1

In the season of Advent, we prepare for Jesus in our hearts and our home. Jesus was God’s son. He came as a baby. As a man, He died on the cross for your sins and mine. He was buried and rose from the dead. He returned to Heaven. He will come again to take to Heaven only those who have accepted Him as Savior.

Reader 2

Jesus Christ is proclaimed the Son of God and Savior in Creation.

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Through him all things were made.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created.

Reader 1

This candle reminds us that God promised to send His Son to save us from our sin. God also promised that Christ would return, His Second Coming. We wait and watch for the return of Jesus that glorious day. We light this candle of Promise.

[Light the first candle on the Advent wreath.]

Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, we eagerly wait to celebrate the first coming of your Son Jesus into our world, our hearts, and our lives. You promised to send a Savior, and you sent your only Son. Help us to follow Jesus, the promised Messiah/Savior, and the Lord of Creation. We give you thanks and praise.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

SECOND SUNDAY

[Before service, light the first candle on the Advent wreath.]

Reader 1

In the season of Advent, we prepare for Jesus in our hearts and our home. Jesus was God’s son. He came as a baby. As a man, He died on the cross for your sins and mine. He was buried and rose from the dead. He returned to Heaven. He will come again to take to Heaven only those who have accepted Him as Savior.

Reader 2

Jesus Christ is proclaimed the Son of God and Savior by the prophets.

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.

Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.

Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

Reader 1

David wrote in Psalm 103, For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him, with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

Jesus said, By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

This candle of Love reminds us of how much God loves each of us. God wants us to love Him, accept His Son Jesus as our Savior, and love others.

 [Light the pink candle on the Advent wreath.]

Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, as we wait to celebrate the Second Coming of our Savior, help us to prepare our hearts and follow your command to love each other. We give you thanks and praise.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

THIRD SUNDAY

[Before service, someone will light one purple and the pink candle on the Advent wreath.]

Reader 1

In the season of Advent, we prepare for Jesus in our hearts and our home. Jesus was God’s son. He came as a baby. As a man, He died on the cross for your sins and mine. He was buried and rose from the dead. He returned to Heaven. He will come again to take to Heaven only those who have accepted Him as Savior.

Reader 2

Jesus Christ is proclaimed the Son of God and Savior throughout the Bible.

I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth. My love will never be taken away from you, David. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.

The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.

After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."

Reader 1

Jesus said to His disciples, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” God’s light is more powerful than the darkness of sin. Jesus gives us the light of life and the joy of salvation when we accept Him as our Savior, so we light this candle of Joy.

[Light the third candle on the Advent wreath.]

Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, we look forward to Christmas and the joy it brings because our Savior, the Light of the world, came at His birth and is coming again. Help us to share this joy of salvation during this Advent season. We give you thanks and praise.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

FOURTH SUNDAY

[Before service, someone will light the first three candles on the Advent wreath.]

Reader 1

In the season of Advent, we prepare for Jesus in our hearts and our home. Jesus was God’s son. He came as a baby. As a man, He died on the cross for your sins and mine. He was buried and rose from the dead. He returned to Heaven. He will come again to take to Heaven only those who have accepted Him as Savior.

Reader 2

Jesus Christ is proclaimed the Son of God and Savior by John the Baptist.

It is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way, a voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'" And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. This was his message: "After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

Reader 1

John’s message was: Messiah/Christ is coming. Be prepared to meet Him. This candle reminds us that Christ is coming again. Those who have accepted Christ as their Savior wait with hope and joy in the expectation of eternal life forever with the Lord. Advent is a joyous time to be thankful for God’s saving grace. We celebrate the birth of Jesus only because of His death and resurrection. In this Advent season, remember the gift of God’s Son and watch and wait for His return.

[Light the fourth candle.]

Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, as we prepare our hearts to remember the special birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, we ask that we be the disciples you intended us to be. Help us to be witnesses to Christ, the Light of the world, as we wait for His return. We give you thanks and praise.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.