She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31:27

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Advent of Christmas - Dec 8, 2013 Peace

The 2nd Sunday of Advent we will light the second candle, the candle of Peace.
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The 2nd Sunday of Advent: Peace

Youth - Last Sunday, we lit the first candle in our Advent wreath, the candle of hope. Let us light it again, remembering that the light of hope shines for us in the darkness. (Youth and adult light the first candle.)

Adult - Peace is one of God's gifts to us. John the Baptist was a prophet calling the people of Israel to repent, to find peace with God. John also declared that it is in our actions of love and justice that God's peace is shown. May we by our actions help to prepare the way for the coming of Peace.

Youth - We light this second candle to remind us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace. His light helps us find ways to share God's peace with others. (Adult and youth light the second candle.)

Adult - The prayer of St. Francis asks God to help us be peacemakers. Let us say it together:

Everyone - Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is sadness, joy; and where there is darkness, light. Grant that we may not seek so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, in pardoning that we are pardoned, and in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen!

After the reading and lighting of the candles we sing these two verses together.
Taken from:

The Advent Candles
Tune: Away in a Manger

On the First Sunday of Advent

A candle is burning, a flame warm and bright;
A candle of Hope in December's dark night.
While angels sing blessings from heav'n's starry sky
Our hearts we prepare now, for Jesus is nigh.

On the Second Sunday of Advent.., add

A candle is burning, a candle of Peace;
A candle to signal that conflict must cease.
For Jesus is coming to show us the way;
A message of Peace humbly laid in the hay.

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