Advent, Liturgy

Advent Wreath Liturgies for Year A

Advent wreath 2 I am attempting to conquer Advent today, and since I've been working at home, it seems I should let the world know I've actually accomplished something. These use the Isaiah readings for Year A (right through Christmas Eve) and the candle order is Hope, Peace, Joy, Love. Please feel free to use these; I would love to hear from you via email or in the comments if you do.

Lighting the Candle of Hope        Advent 1A           November 28, 2010

Reader One: Hear the words of the prophet Isaiah: “In days to come the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it…He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

Reader Two: Our hope is in the God who will bring all nations together.

Reader One: As we wait for God’s time, in faith we light the candle of Hope.

(Please pause as we light the candle, then respond.)

All: Come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!

 

Lighting the Candle of Peace       Advent 2A           December 5, 2010

Reader One: Hear the words of the prophet Isaiah: “The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.  The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder's den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”

Reader Two: Our peace comes from God, who became one of us in Jesus.

Reader One: As we wait for God’s time, in faith we light the candles of Hope and Peace.

(Please pause as we light the candles, then respond.)

All: Come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!

 

Lighting the Candle of Joy            Advent 3A           December 12, 2010

Reader One: Hear the words of the prophet Isaiah: “The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.”

Reader Two: In God’s time of joy, all sorrow and sighing will leave us.

Reader One: As we wait for God’s time, in faith we light the candles of Hope, Peace and Joy.

(Please pause as we light the candles, then respond.)

All: Come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!

 

Lighting the Candle of Love         Advent 4A           December 19, 2010

Reader One: Hear the words of the prophet Isaiah: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”

Reader Two: In God’s time of love, we will learn to choose what is good.

Reader One: As we wait for God’s time, in faith we light the candles of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.

(Please pause as we light the candles, then respond.)

All: Come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!

 

Lighting the Christ Candle             Christmas Eve Year A      December 24, 2010

Reader One: Hear the words of the Prophet Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined…For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Reader Two: “His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.”

Reader One: We stand on the brink of God’s time and light again the candles of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.

Reader Two: We light the Christ Candle to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus, the light coming into the world.

(Please pause as we light the candles, then respond.)

All: Come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!

 

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20 thoughts on “Advent Wreath Liturgies for Year A”

  1. Very nice! If I hadn’t already given my secretary and the worship planning team all our Advent plans a month ago I’d borrow it. Maybe I’ll save it somewhere for the next time it’s Year A. 🙂
    In our congregation we traditionally sing one verse of “One Candle is Lit” as we light the appropriate candle each Sunday of Advent. It was written by Mary Ann Parrott and is in the Disciples Chalice Hymnal. Sadly, it is not in the UCC New Century Hymnal.

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    1. Yes, I’m wishing I hadn’t spent that “hour” this morning pulling together all our liturgy for the Advent wreath, because I really like what you’ve done here with Isaiah! I especially like the consistent congrgational response. This is going into my Year A file for sure. We will be singing a verse of “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” each week in response to the lighting of each candle.

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  2. We’ll be using the refrain of O Come, O Come Emmanuel as our response each time. The UCC Hymnal (yes, the red book) in our pews is a little limiting.

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  3. oh my… you have been productive! i may indeed borrow them, seeing as i’m feeling a thousand steps behind, feeling as if i’m slogging my way thru quicksand or something.

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  4. A little congregation called The Sanctuary (in Austin, TX), where I am pastor, will be using your liturgy for Advent this year. We have a newly created worship planning team that hasn’t been formed long enough to have gotten a good head start on planning and writing for Advent. Your liturgy is beautiful and we’re blessed to borrow it this year. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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  5. Thank you, Martha! I’d just rushed to pull something together yesterday, in order to get it to the people who will be lighting the Advent wreath next Sunday. But I’m glad I hadn’t sent it yet, as I like yours better. Our musician and I decided that this year we would use “He Came Down” from Cameroon as the response at the end each week this year. It’s in the new Presbyterian Hymnal, “Glory to God,” and also in “Sing the Faith” and (I’m guessing) “The Faith We Sing.” (Methodist version of STF)

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  6. Hi, Martha, I’m going to offer your Advent Yr A liturgy as a family devotion around family advent wreaths. For the first time, this year, we at Salem-St. Peter’s Lutheran Parish are helping families make these wreaths for home. It should be a good fellowship and growth tool. Thank you!

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  7. Hi Martha,
    Thank you for sharing your beautifully written resource with us. I would like to use your Advent Candle liturgy for this year (2014). I will change the biblical verses for each week to fit the readings. I am ministering with St. Paul’s United Church in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Please let me know.
    Peace,
    Richard

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    1. May our little church please use these also? We plan to use them for our call to worship, and modify them slightly for our small congregation.

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