Today in service we participated in the celebration of Advent – something that Christians around the world were united in doing. We join in as we begin the season of hope – waiting for God’s promises to be fulfilled in the form of the incarnate Christ.

 

Below is what we read for our lighting of the advent candle today. It is taken from

http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/2016-advent-home-worship

This is the first Sunday in Advent. Today, we light one purple candle. This is the candle of hope. Advent is a time of waiting and of hoping. We wait for the day when we celebrate again the birth of Jesus. We hope that everyone will come to know God and to worship God.

When we look at the first candle, we remember God’s promise. God promised to send a Savior to the people. When we listen to our Scripture reading, we hear what the prophet Isaiah wrote about God. God fulfills the promises made to care for people. God is loving and just. God brings peace. This gives us hope. We look forward to the time when everything is fair, when the world is at peace, and all people are treated justly.

 

Read Isaiah 2:1-5.

 

—light candle—

 

Dear God: Thank you for your son, Jesus. Thank you for the words of the Prophet Isaiah that remind us that you are the source of our hope. Help us to remember to walk in the light of the Lord. AMEN.

 

Other Scriptures to Read for the First Sunday in Advent:

 

Psalm 122

Romans 13:11-14

Matthew 24:36-44