The Advent of Jesus
On Christmas Eve, the moment we have been waiting for has finally arrived! We light the Christ candle to celebrate the birth of Jesus, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, and Saviour of All.
As we light the Christ candle, we think of the tiny innocent divine human born into the most humble of circumstances. Praised and adored, vulnerable and helpless, he was a paradox of power and peace personified. The incarnation of God, dwelling with us. The light of the world, whose birth was heralded by the light of a brilliant star. The lamb of God, swaddled tenderly and protectively. The Saviour of all who loved us enough to carry the burden of humanity, suffering profoundly and giving his human life for us, in order to make a way to eternal life. Thanks be to God!
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 Jesus means to you.
If you would like to read the liturgy yourself, a document can be accessed here: Advent Jesus – 2 readers
This Christmas, may your heart be filled with gladness and thanksgiving! May the light of the Christ candle shine into your heart at this pivotal moment, as the season of Advent comes to a close, and we begin the season of Christmas. May the warmth of candle glow inspire you to let your own God-given light shine in the world through thoughtful acts of kindness. May each of us feel connected through the mysterious power of the Holy Spirit, replete in the knowledge that we are part of the family of God. May God bless you today and always!
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.
If you would like to see the video, or read the liturgy, for the fourth 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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