3 December 2023
Bible readings for today
Liturgical Colour: VIOLET
throughout the generations
the prophets foretold the coming of the Messiah;
prepare us to receive him,
turn us from darkness to the glorious light that is your Son,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.
1st week of Advent: Hope
Lighting the Advent Candle
The lighting of the Advent candles each week is a wonderful opportunity to remind us what each candle stands for and gather us together for our journey through Advent. In all the mess and busyness in our lives, God brings hope. The focus this week in Advent is Hope.
Today we light the candle of hope, but this kind of hope, isn't just about wishing we had something. No, this kind of hope, the kind that Jesus gives us, is when we know something is going to happen. We hope that he's coming soon and we know he will because that's what God promised. Jesus is coming and we need to get ready.
A candle of hope
What you need:
What you do:
Light one candle to symbolise Hope.
Say: This is the candle of Hope.
Read Luke 1: 26-38 about the angel Gabriel coming to tell Mary she would be the mother of the Son of God.
Say: I wonder what Mary hoped for. I wonder what you hope for.
Pray: Thank you God for giving us Hope and for helping us know that something wonderful is coming even when things are hard. Help us to remember that we can always have hope because you are always there for us.
Advent Wreath Song
A simple song that can be sung after the lighting of the Advent candle each week (to the tune of Frere Jacques)
Light of Jesus, Light of Jesus,
Show the way, Show the way,
Shine in us forever, Shine in us forever,
This we pray, This we pray.
Something is coming Advent resource (Intergen AU)
Rags to Riches - An intergenerational all age service (SUNZ)
Intergenerational Christmas resource (mainly Ministries)
Kiwi Advent Illustrations
You can download these Kiwi Advent Illustrations over on our Strandz website
At home advent calendars
Salt Dough Spiral
Jesse Tree (SUNZ)
Another option is to use a candle, and mark off 24 sections (leaving a stub big enough to put in your candle holder and safely light the candle on Christmas Eve). Burn the candle each day. A taller, thinner candle will work better than a pillar candle as children can easily see the candle getting shorter each day. You will find an example and instructions here, though just writing the numbers on the candle with a permanent marker also works!
BibleProject have an Advent poster for Hope, you can download it here