Theme: Finding True Hope in Peace
Reader 1: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Reader 2: For those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Light the second candle.
The youngest person asks, “Why do we light this candle?”
R1: This candle reminds us that God is with us as the true hope of the world through his peace. He has promised to send a savior to come and liberate us from sin that separates us from him. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
R2: The word advent means, “coming.” Advent is a season when the church looks to the coming of Jesus Christ, our True Peace, who came into the world to give all who believe in his name the power to become children of God.
R1: Today’s advent reading comes from Psalm 119:114. In this passage, we claim God as the True Hope of the world. Through his peace, he has come to save and restore us.
"You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word."
R2: Please pray with me: Father God, we put our hope for true peace in you! Guide us in your truth and teach us, for you are God our Savior, and our hope is in you all day long. Help us to share the true hope we have through your peace with others. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!
All: And the word became flesh, and lived among us, and we have seen his glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. Amen.
Thoughts and Questions
A/Y/C: Read Isaiah 40: 9-11. What does this text say about God's love for us? Where else does the Bible tell us God is our shepherd and we are His sheep? How does it give you true peace to know that God has won the battle of the pain, hurt, and injustice of this world? How is he caring for you and your loved ones today? How has he cared for you faithfully in the past?
A/Y/C: When is it hard to trust that God can give you peace? How do you share God’s peace with others in your family, school, workplace, community, and world?
C: Continue to set up your crèche scene by getting out the stable and animals. What do you think Mary and Joseph felt when they discovered there was no room in the inn and Jesus would be born in a stable?
Each week we will suggest a different Christmas Carol and encourage you to sing with your family.
Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright.
Round yon virgin, mother and child, holy infant so tender and mild.
Sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in heavenly peace.
Close with prayer, thanking God that he is with us and gives us true peace in times of joy and pain. Ask him to open our hearts to trust his power as we share his hope, peace, joy, and love with others.