Friday, January 3, 2014

Advent Litany for 22 December 2013

Advent Litany for 22 December 2013
Fourth Sunday in Advent

(Read by leader)
Advent is a time of anticipation, of waiting –
of making space in our lives to receive the one who comes.

It is a season of hope,
It is a time when we search for a sign,
when we close our eyes wishing to see 
a child in a manger in Bethlehem so long ago.
And yet, if we open our eyes 
and open our hearts,
we may instead see signs 
of the Christ child in our lives today.

It is a time for preparing our hearts 
to receive this Christ child 
in whatever form he comes to us.

It is a time to watch, and to listen,
for God's sign for us.

Lighting of the candle:
We light the first candle of our Advent wreath,
remembering God's promise of peace for all.
We light the second candle of our Advent wreath,
remembering that Christmas is indeed for everyone.
We light this third candle today,
remembering the path God has laid out for us.
We light the fourth candle of our Advent wreath,
looking ahead to the days that are still yet to come.

And as we do, we wonder...
What do we wait for?
What is our hope?
What will God's sign be in our lives?
Will we see the Christ child this Christmas?
What will the child look like?

And so,
we quiet our hearts to hear.
We try and stay awake to see.
We wait, and we wonder.

Congregational response:
One: Together we quiet our hearts and we pray:
All: Come, Lord Jesus, come. Amen.
            --Advent Litany by K.K. Hudson-Bates

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