The Advent of Love
On the fourth Sunday of Advent, we celebrate the Love that God has for us and for all of creation.
As we light the candle of Love, we contemplate the way that God’s love is expressed in our lives through relationships, kindness, and caring; through acts of mercy and caring for strangers; through thoughtfulness and sacrifice. This is a love that is not bound by space or time. It is not weak or threadbare. It is full and rich and it fills the air around us through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Love itself is a powerful presence in our midst, even when we are not gathered together, and it transforms us from the inside out. Love moves us beyond ourselves and empowers us to thrive despite great challenge.
The video below shares a liturgy for lighting the Candle of Love and provides a space and time to think about what Love means to us. The video allows a few moments to consider, but feel free to pause the video if you want to take more time to contemplate. If you are watching with others, please pause and take time to share with one another about what Love means to you.
If you would like to read the liturgy yourself, a document can be accessed here: Advent Love – 2 readers
As we journey through this fourth week of Advent, may you feel the Love of God as a tangible presence surrounding you. May that presence give you strength to overcome obstacles, and to withstand distance from those we long to gather with. May your heart be full with love and light so that your life shines and inspires those around you.
If you would like to see the video, or read the liturgy, for the first Sunday of Advent, you can find it here.
If you would like to see the video, or read the liturgy, for the second Sunday of Advent, you can find it here.
If you would like to see the video, or read the liturgy, for the third Sunday of Advent, you can find it here.
Let’s build something together.
God is weaving a tapestry of care
that connects all of us in Grace.
Come. Be part of it.
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