Advent Candle Lighting: First Sunday of Advent

This past Sunday, we celebrated the beginning of Advent, a time for us to expectantly wait for the coming of Christ. The first candle of our Advent wreath was lit.

A Candle for Hope

We light a candle for Hope.
As the flame of hope begins to burn, let the promise of the ages shine in our hearts as the great star shone so long ago in Bethlehem.
Let us listen, O God, for your Spirit in the silence (Silence is kept here).
Let your Spirit burn in our hearts; let your Light shine in our world;
and as we wait through the Advent season for the baby Jesus’ birth,
let your star of Hope lead us to the place where the Christ would be born today. Amen.