Advent Wreath: Lighting the Candle of Joy
Today, as we remember the journey of the Wise Men, we light the candle of JOY. Though they were earthly kings themselves, the Wise Men journeyed from afar to experience the joy of the coming of the King of Kings, the One whose kingdom would have no end.
Scripture: Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
Candle Lighting: Relight the first Advent candle. Then light the second candle; as you are lighting the candles say: Today we relight the candle of Hope. Let this candle remind us of the great hope we have in Christ the Messiah and in God’s promises. Now we light the candle of Joy. May our hearts be forever filled with the joy of His coming.
Prayer: Father, we are filled with joy because we have hope and peace that you have sent your son for all that believe. Help us to be the voices that proclaim grace and truth. In Christ name we pray. Amen.