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First Sunday; HOPE



READ INTRODUCTORY SENTENCES:


Today is the beginning of Advent—the preparation time for celebrating Christ̓s birth. We are here because God̓s promises to our ancestors came true when Jesus was born. God̓s promise is kept each Sunday when we worship because Christ is in our midst. God will keep the promise to come again in glory.



READ SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 25:1-5 (NIV)


1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; 2 in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. 3 No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse. 4 Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; 5 guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:1-5 (NIV)


LIGHT THE FIRST ADVENT CANDLE: THE CANDLE OF HOPE


READ THE FOLLOWING:


We light this candle to proclaim the coming of the light of God into our darkness. With the coming of this light there is hope. Because of Christ we not only have hope but believe that good is stronger than evil. God wants us to work for good in this world.


OFFER A PRAYER (You may use this one, or one of your choosing.):


O God, we thank you that Jesus brought hope into our world. By the good news of the Bible you are still bringing hope to people. Help us to be ready to welcome Jesus Christ so that we may think good thoughts and do good deeds and that we may be a people of hope in our world. Amen.

 

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