Scripture: from Isaiah 9
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Christmas Hymn: O Come, All Ye Faithful (Voices Together #241)
Lighting of Advent Candles–after lighting each candle, offer a brief prayer.
(If you do not have Advent candles at home, you can light digital candles here.)
Hope: God, we pray for those who feel hopeless today. May your light begin to shine more brightly in their lives. Thank you for the hope we have in Jesus.
Peace: God, we pray for all who suffer from violence, for all who live in fear of violence. May your peace surround and protect them. May we know your peace in our own lives as well. Thank you for the peace you offer through Jesus.
Joy: God, we pray for those who are sad on this day of celebration. We offer our own grief for all the gatherings that cannot happen this year. May all of us know the light of your joy, even in the midst of sorrow. Thank you that we can know joy through Jesus.
Love: God, we pray for all people who feel unloved today. May they know your deep love for them. Thank you for showing us how much you love us by sending Jesus.
Christ Candle: God, please shine the light of your hope, peace, joy, and love in our lives, and guide us to share that light with our world. Thank you for the gift of Jesus and thank you for this day of celebration! Amen.
Christmas Hymn: Joy to the World (Voices Together #240)
God, thank you for this place, this time; thank you for those who are gathered and those we hold in our hearts. In this time of gift-giving, help us honor your amazing gift of Jesus. Let us know your presence with us as we celebrate today. Amen.