Advent Wreath: Lighting the Candle of Love
Today, as we remember Mary, the one chosen to bear our Savior, we light the candle of LOVE. Because of her love for God, Mary was faithful to serve as she was called. And through Mary, God would deliver the divine and perfect love of our Redeemer.
Scripture: Ephesians 3:17-19 “That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Candle Lighting: Relight the first and second candle. Then light the third candle; as you are lighting the candles say: We relight the candle of hope, recalling God’s promise to send a Savior. As we relight the candle joy, let it remind us of the joy of the coming of God with us. As we light the candle of love, let it remind us that Jesus was sent because of God’s great love for us.
Prayer: O God, your love came crashing into our world on that first Christmas in order to permeate our lives. Lead us to experience the depth of your love and to allow that love to overflow to others.