A Different Kind of Advent Wreath

I just wanted to share an idea I used in Advent a few years ago. Instead of one Advent wreath, I had two–a dark one and a light one. For each week, we extinguished something and lit something else. This way, the darkness slowly overcame the light throughout Advent. We also used crackled glass with floating candles in colored water. This is the only picture I have of it. Feel free to use it and make it your own.

First Sunday of Advent

L:  We begin our journey through Advent this Sunday.

P:  We celebrate the coming of Jesus- in Bethlehem, in our lives, and in the future.

L:   We begin by extinguishing the candle of despair.

P:  We put away the all hopelessness.  (Blow out 1st candle of the Dark Advent Candle Wreath)

L:  We light the candle of Hope, remembering that Christ’s coming exchanges our despair for hope. (Light the 1st candle on the Light Advent Wreath)  We remember the words of Isaiah 7:

P:  “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

L:  Lord, you are “God with us.”  This is our only hope.

All:   Lord, help us to give to you all of our despair and take up hope this Advent.  Come into our lives in a special way, we pray.  Amen.

 

Second Sunday of Advent

L:  We continue our journey through Advent this Sunday.

P:  We celebrate the coming of Jesus- in Bethlehem, in our lives, and in the future.

L:  Last week we extinguished the candle of despair and lit the candle of hope.  Today we extinguish the candle of Separation.

P:  We put away the all anger and disunity.  (Blow out the 1st and 2nd candle of the Dark Advent Candle Wreath)

L:  We light the candle of Peace, remembering that Christ’s coming exchanges our anger for peace. (Light the 1st and 2nd candle on the Light Advent Wreath)  We reflect on the words of Isaiah 2:

P:  “And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

L:  Lord, you are the righteous judge.  Only you can bring peace.

All:   Lord, help us to give to you all of our separation, anxiety, and war.  Help us to take up peace this Advent.  Come into our lives in a special way, we pray.  Amen.

Third Sunday of Advent

L:  We continue our journey through Advent this Sunday.

P:  We celebrate the coming of Jesus- in Bethlehem, in our lives, and in the future.

L:  Last week we extinguished the candle of separation and lit the candle of peace.  Today we extinguish the candle of sorrow.

P:  We put away the all sadness and misery.  (Blow out the 1st, 2nd and 3rd candle of the Dark Advent Candle Wreath)

L:  We light the candle of Joy, remembering that Christ’s coming exchanges sorrow for joy.  (Light the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd candle on the Light Advent Wreath)  We reflect on the words of Isaiah 11:

P:  “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.  And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.”

L:  Only you can bring joy that can drown out all of our sorrows.

All:   Lord, help us to give to you all of our sorrow and sadness.  Help us to take up joy this Advent.  Come into our lives in a special way, we pray.  Amen.

 

Fourth Sunday of Advent

L:  We continue our journey through Advent this Sunday.

P:  We celebrate the coming of Jesus- in Bethlehem, in our lives, and in the future.

L:  Last week we extinguished the candle of sorrow and lit the candle of joy.  Today we extinguish the candle of Hatred

P:  We put away the all our emotions that harms ourselves and others.  (Blow out the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th candle of the Dark Advent Candle Wreath)

L:  We light the candle of Love, remembering that Christ’s coming exchanges our hatred for love. (Light the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd candle on the Light Advent Wreath)  We reflect on the words of Isaiah 9:

P:  “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

L:  You are the only source of pure and selfless love.

All:   Lord, help us to give to you all of our hatred and help us to take up love this Advent.  Come into our lives in a special way, we pray.  Amen.

 

Christmas Eve

L:  This evening we conclude our journey through Advent.

P:  We celebrate the coming of Jesus- in Bethlehem, in our lives, and in the future.

L:  We have extinguished the candles of desperation, separation, sorrow, and hatred.  Tonight we extinguish the candle of Sin.

P:  We put away our sin and all about us that falls short of God’s glory.  (Blow out all the candles of the Dark Advent Candle Wreath)

L:  We have lit the candles of hope, peace, joy, and love.  Tonight we light the Christ Candle, remembering that Christ’s coming exchanges our hatred for love. (Light all the candles on the Light Advent Wreath)  We reflect on the words of angels to the shepherds in Luke 2:

P:  “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

L:  That child in the manger was the promised Christ, who comes into our lives and will someday come again.

All:   Lord, thank you for the journey of Advent.  May you be born in our own hearts this Christmas.  Amen.

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