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
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!

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!
Every day to come.

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