Thank you to Rev. Molly White, chair of the Board of Church & Society; the board members; Hayes Barton United Methodist Church; all those who wrote and recorded meditations; and Mike Trexler (video editor) for their work on this Advent series.
Proclamation of the Light
Candles are lit on the Advent Wreath in the appropriate order for Sunday evenings and Christmas Eve. Please light ONE candle.
Advent 1 – December 1
Christ came to bring us salvation and has promised to come again.
Let us pray that we may always be ready to welcome him.
Come, Lord Jesus.
That the keeping of Advent may open our hearts to God’s love,
That the light of Christ may penetrate the darkness of sin,
That this wreath and its light may remind us
to prepare for the coming of Christ,
That the Christmas season may fill us with peace and joy
as we strive to follow the example of Jesus’ mercy,
Loving God, your Church joyfully awaits the coming of its Savior,
who enlightens our hearts
and dispels the darkness of ignorance and sin.
May the light of the candles reflect the splendor of Christ,
who is Lord, forever and ever. Amen.
Reflection Music – “I Want to Walk As A Child of the Light” (UMH 206)
Merciful God,Adapted from The United Methodist Book of Worship #201
You sent your messengers the prophets
To preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation.
Give us grace to heed their warnings and to turn away from our sins,
That we may celebrate truly the nativity of our Lord,
And may await with joy
The coming in glory of Jesus Christ our Redeemer who brings SHALOM to the world;
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever.
Micah 4:6-13 (NRSV)
6 In that day, says the Lord, I will assemble the lame and gather those who have been driven away, and those whom I have afflicted.
7 The lame I will make the remnant, and those who were cast off, a strong nation; and the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion
now and forevermore.
8 And you, O tower of the flock, hill of daughter Zion, to you it shall come, the former dominion shall come, the sovereignty of daughter Jerusalem.
9 Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in you? Has your counselor perished, that pangs have seized you like a woman in labor?
10 Writhe and groan, O daughter Zion, like a woman in labor; for now you shall go forth from the city and camp in the open country; you shall go to Babylon. There you shall be rescued, there the Lord will redeem you from the hands of your enemies.
11 Now many nations are assembled against you, saying, “Let her be profaned, and let our eyes gaze upon Zion.”
12 But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord; they do not understand his plan, that he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor.
13 Arise and thresh, O daughter Zion, for I will make your horn iron
and your hoofs bronze; you shall beat in pieces many peoples, and shall devote their gain to the Lord, their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth.
Meditation on the Word
Rev. Patrick Jones
Pastor, Buckhorn-Kenly Charge
Member, NCCUMC Board of Church and Society
Let us pray.The United Methodist Book of Worship #252
O God, whose will is justice for the poor and peace for the afflicted,
let your herald’s urgent voice pierce our hardened hearts
and announce the dawn of your kingdom.
Before the advent of the One who baptizes with the fire of the Holy Spirit,
let our complacency give way to conversion, oppression to justice,
and conflict to acceptance of one another in Christ.
We ask this through the One whose coming is certain,
whose day draws near:
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
The grace of Jesus Christ enfold you this night.
Go in peace, friends in Christ.