Advent Wreath Lighting Litany NL Year 2

I tried to combine the NL readings for each Sunday with the traditional themes of each Sunday of Advent (Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love) along with a short reading from Romans. You are welcome to use and modify as you see fit for your context.

Advent 1:

We wait for the coming of Christ,
who shall execute justice and righteousness.

Our hope is grounded in your promises,
promises of mercy, love, and grace for all people.

A reading from Romans 8:24-25, “For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

Grant us patience as we wait for our future hope,
hope for a world where all know the presence and peace of God.

As we light the first candle, the candle of hope, let us reflect on our own hopes for the healing of the world.

(silence for reflection as the first candle is lit)

Let us pray: Source of all hope, open our hearts to your promises and deepen our faith and trust in your coming again to make all things new. While we wait for your coming, grant us the wisdom and courage to do the work of your Kingdom in the here and now. Move us by your Spirit to live and act out of the hope we have for what the world could be. In the name of Christ, who is our future. Amen.

Advent 2:

We wait for the coming of Christ,
who will feed his flock and gather his lambs.

Bring your peace to our communities, our nation, and our world,
the peace which passes all our understanding.

A reading from Romans 12:17-18, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”

Keep us from the evils of revenge and retribution,
show us how to be peacemakers and workers for reconciliation in the world.

As we light the second candle, the candle of peace, let us reflect on how we might walk in the ways of peace as Christ taught us.

(silence for reflection as two candles are lit)

Let us pray: Prince of peace, in the midst of busy-ness and superficial interactions, help us to slow down and go deeper in our relationships. Grant us greater curiosity toward our neighbors that we may build beloved and peaceful communities. Overwhelm our hearts with peace that we might follow in your Way. In the name of Christ, who overcomes all darkness and division. Amen.

Advent 3:

We wait for the coming of Christ,
whose steadfast love for the world is everlasting.

Your saving work in our lives is cause for great joy,
continue to bring healing and wholeness into our brokenness.

A reading from Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Inspire our worship of You,
that we may shout with joy for all that you have done for us.

As we light the third candle, the candle of joy, let us reflect on our experiences of joy in the world, in our friends and family, and in God.

(silence for reflection as three candles are lit)

Let us pray: Everlasting God, deepen our faith in your steadfast love that we may live in the joy that your Way instills in us. Make us joyful in our worship of you in this place and in the worship of our daily lives. May our joy be infectious and our love  complete. In the name of Christ, who is the foundation of our lives. Amen.

Advent 4:

We wait for the coming of Christ,
who is our mighty savior and the source of all light.

Pour out your redeeming love on all the world,
the unconditional love and grace that overcomes all sin and selfishness.

A reading from Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Fill our hearts with your great love,
and help us to better love our neighbors as you call us too.

As we light the fourth candle, the candle of love, let us reflect on how we may better love our neighbors and thereby love God.

(silence for reflection as four candles are lit)

Let us pray: Loving God, guide us in your Way of love and peace. Help us to reach out towards those around us with mercy, grace, and care. May we reflect the light of your love for the world and proclaim your salvation for all people. In the name of Christ, whose light overcomes all darkness. Amen.

Advent Wreath Lighting

Week 1:

A reading from the Gospel of John: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Verse 1 of “Choose to Hope” by Marty Haugen

Let us pray: God of hope and love, like the light of this first advent candle, may we shine forth with love towards you and towards others. Open our eyes to see your image in our neighbors and serve you by serving them. We pray this is in the hope, and expectation, of the in-breaking of your kingdom into our lives. Amen.

Week 2:

A reading from the Gospel of John: “He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.”

Verse 2 of “Choose to Hope” by Marty Haugen

Let us pray: God our Father, as the flame is not diminished when it is shared from one candle to two, may we share the light of your love with our sisters and brothers. Strengthen our witness that the body of Christ may grow and your light might overcome all the darkness of the world. We pray this in the name of Christ, the one who desires to bring all into the family of God. Amen.

Week 3:

A reading from the Gospel of John: “Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Verse 3 of “Choose to Hope” by Marty Haugen

Let us pray: In-dwelling God, as the darkness is overcome by ever more and more light, increase your light within us. Make us people of your light and forgiveness and move us to actions of mercy and justice. We pray this, trusting in the source of all light, Jesus Christ our Redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Week 4:

A reading from the Gospel of John: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”

Verses 1-3 of “Choose to Hope” by Marty Haugen

Let us pray: God-with-us, source of all hope and light, increase our faith in you and overcome all darkness within us. Help us to understand that our identity is grounded in you; and work your will and your word in us and through us. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who was, and is, and is to come. Amen.

Advent Wreath Lighting Litany

Week 1 – Nov. 27, 2016:

Verse one of “Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah” (ELW #240)

We walk in darkness
And look for the coming light.

We are beset upon on all sides
And seek deliverance from evil.

We are cowed by political and societal pressure
And seek the strength to proclaim your reign.

God of Daniel, open our eyes to see your Kingdom breaking into our own. Strengthen our trust in your promises and help us to locate our hope in you. May the light of this candle be for us the light of the sunrise breaking into our dens of lions, our dens of fear and anxiety, our dens of darkness and death. And may we, who have see your light in the darkness, proclaim the hope we have in you to this weary world. Amen.

Week 2 – Dec. 4, 2016:

Verse two of “Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah” (ELW #240)

We walk in darkness
And look for the coming light.

We turn to the Lord with weeping and mourning
As we see our brokenness and the brokenness around us.

We look  to you for graciousness and abundant love, O Lord
Since we cannot find it in ourselves or in our world.

God of Joel, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and lead us to our true home, your Kingdom. Broaden our love and show us your presence even in surprising places. May the light of this candle show us your dreams and visions that we may boldly proclaim your mercy and love. Amen.

Week 3 – Dec. 11, 2016:

Verse three of “Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah” (ELW #240)

We walk in darkness
And look for the coming light.

We look for the year of our Lord’s favor when justice and peace will prevail
Knowing that too often we do not act as your anointed people.

We await the shoots of righteousness and praise to spring forth
Trusting that you turn our barrenness into abundance.

God of Isaiah, cover us in your righteousness and bless us to be blessings to others. Magnify our praise that we may display your glory and proclaim your good news. May the light of this candle illumine the dark places of our lives and show us how you bring restoration to ruins and wholeness to devastation. Amen.

Week 4 – Dec. 18, 2016:

Verse four of “Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah” (ELW #240)

We walk in darkness
And look for the coming light.

We await the glorious news of Emmanuel, God-with-us
The one who will turn the world upside down and God-side up.

We marvel at your graciousness, God Most High
Seeing your Holiness clothed in humanness.

God of Mary and Elizabeth, fill us with joy at the news of your coming in Jesus. Deepen our faith in your ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. May the light of this candle comfort us with the knowledge that your light banishes the darkness and that your light dwells with us and in us. Amen.