Opening Prayer: Holy God, as our nights grow longer and our days grow short, we look on these earthly signs – light and green branches—and remember God’s promise to our world: Christ, our Light and our Hope, will come with great power and glory. We know not when he will come; give us strength to keep awake and hope as we wait, knowing that the time is near. In Jesus name we pray, amen.
The 1st Advent Candle – Candle of Hope:
We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us. Our hope comes from God. (Romans 15: 12-13)
Speak these words while lighting the first candle: Rejoicing we remember your promise, O Christ. Like the light from this candle, may your blessing come upon us, brightening our way and guiding us by your truth. Christ our Savior bring light into the darkness of our world, and to us, as we wait for your coming.
Share the best and worst parts of your day.
Read Nehemiah 10 OR “Get Ready” Pg. 169 in the Jesus Storybook Bible.
Why were the people in the story celebrating?
Why do we celebrate this time of year?
How can we prepare ourselves for Christ’s coming?
Create a Bible Verse Advent Chain. (See Appendix A for instructions and templates.) Tear off one link each day and read the Bible verse for the day.
Pray: Gracious Redeemer, we cling to the promise of Christ’s return with joy and anticipation. We don’t know when that day will be. Help us to get ready. Guide us as we listen to your call. Empower us to share your love with others. Nurture us as we prepare the way for his return. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
Bless: Child of God, the time is drawing near, get ready!