Lighting the Advent Wreath
Hymn: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” stanza 6, The United Methodist Hymnal, 211
All: “O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by thy justice here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight.”
Reader 1: “The LORD has done great things for us, and we are overjoyed. … Let those who plant with tears reap the harvest with joyful shouts.” (Psalm 126:3, 5 CEB)
Reader 2: God of Joy, you enter the wilderness of our world and proclaim that there is a way to reach home again.
Reader 3: God of Joy, you break through clouds of despair and sorrow to bring good news to your people.
Reader 4: God of Joy, you send hope into the world in the form of a tiny baby.
All: We, God’s people, sing songs of joy with the prophet, “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God” (Isaiah 61:10, NRSV).
Reader: On this third Sunday of Advent, we light this candle, knowing that joy is our true home.Light three candles. If you have a pink candle, light it for the first time today.