Advent Candle Lighting – Week 2 – Mark 1:1-8

Call to Gather/Advent Candles:
One: Wait. Watch. Wonder. Waken.
All: This is the Advent of our Christ!
One: Wait. Watch. Wonder. Waken.
All: This is the Advent of our God!
One: And so we watch
All: And so we watch.
One: We watch a world that speaks without listening.
We watch a world that seems filled with despair.
We watch a world that seeks for something.
We watch a world in which we live,
and act, and have our being.
Is that all we see?
All: We see a world in which God moves.
We see a world embracing love.
We see a world dancing with the Spirit.
We see a world opening its eyes.

One: What are you looking for?
All: A baby.
A child.
The Christ.

One: How long will you watch?
All: 28 days.
Nine months.
All our lives.

One: How will your eyes see?
All: Through hope.
Through love.
Through each other.

One: With God?
All: With God’s love, filling our lives!
One: Alleluia.
All: Alleluia!
ALLELUIA! AMEN!

Candle Lighting song: “Come Let us Walk” Music: Bruce Harding (c) 2010.

Opening Prayer:
All: You’ve sent prophets, God.
You’ve sent grandmothers and grandfathers.
You’ve sent teachers and leaders.
You’ve sent people to speak love.
You’ve sent us.
Help us to watch.
Help us to see.
Help us to understand.
Help us to feel.
Help us to know,
in the birth of a child,
in the wisdom of a teen,
in the laughter of an elder,
that you are with your world.
Always.
Help us, O God!

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Advent Candle Lighting – Week 1 – Mark 13:24-37

Call to Gather/Advent Candles:
One: Wait. Watch. Wonder. Waken.
All: This is the Advent of our Christ!
One: Wait. Watch. Wonder. Waken.
All: This is the Advent of our God!
One: And so we wait.
All: And so we wait.
One: In this world that hustles and bustles,
in this world that bangs and clatters,
in this world that moves without ceasing,
in this world that expects things to be done
yesterday,
where do we find a place to wait?
All: Here.
One: What are you waiting for?
All: A baby.
A child.
The Christ.

One: How long will you wait?
All: 28 days.
Nine months.
All our lives.

One: How will you wait?
All: With hope.
With love.
With each other.

One: With God?
All: With God’s love, filling our lives!
One: Alleluia.
All: Alleluia!
ALLELUIA! AMEN!
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Candle Lighting song: “Come Let us Walk” Music: Bruce Harding (c) 2010 Evensong Worship Resources.
(The candle is lit as we sing.)

Opening Prayer:
All: God of quiet waiting,
God of new hope,
help us, we pray.
Let your Spirit lift us.
Let your love ground us.
Let your peace challenge us –
to wait with you,
even as we wait for you!
Come, Blessed Christ,
come again into our lives!
Today.
Tomorrow.
Every day to come.
Amen!

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Remembrance Sunday – Amos 5:18-24

One: God, we know you take no joy in death.
We know you take no joy our wars,
in our battles,
in our conflicts.
We know that your tears are for all your children,
of every land and race,
of every time and place.
We know that what you want for all creation
is life – abundant.
And so we ask for your wisdom.
We ask for your guidance.
We ask for your peace. Your salaam. Your shalom.
We ask for your hands to guide your creation,
for your love to sustain your creation,
for your grace to surround your creation –
now.
Forever.
Amen.

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Remembrance Sunday – Amos 5:18-24

One: This is a day of remembrance.
All: Remembrance and more.
One: This is a day of tears.
All: Tears and more.
One: This is a day for our country.
All: Our country and more.
One: This is a day for our Forces.
All: Our Forces and more.
One: This is a day to remember and cry.
For our country and all countries.
For our people and all people.
For our soldiers and all soldiers.
All: This is a day for us
to recommit ourselves to justice,
to recommit ourselves to peace.

One: This is a day, as is every day –
All: that we must Never Forget.
One: In our remembering and in our living…
All: let us worship God.

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