The Lighting of an Advent Wreath (Home / Devotional Liturgy)

This is intended to be a short devotional liturgy which may be used at home, in a Sunday School or Christian school, or in any small gathering. 

All gather around the Advent wreath.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
The Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:8)

Reading and Prayer: First Week “Readiness”

Romans 13:10-12

Love does no harm to a neighbor, so love is the fulfillment of the law. And do this since you understand the present time. It is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost over, and the day is drawing near. So let us put away the deeds of darkness and put on the weapons of light.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Stir up your power, O Lord, and come. Keep us watchful and ready for the signs of your return, keep us from being overcome with anxiety and sorrow, and keep us faithful to the end; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Reading and Prayer: Second Week “Repentance”

Matthew 3:1-3

In those days, John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven is near!” Yes, this is he of whom this was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: A voice of one crying out in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight.”

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

O God of hope, give us endurance, encouragement, joy and peace. Move us to repentance, change our hearts with your eternal Word, and dwell with us forever; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Reading and Prayer: Third Week “Rejoicing”

Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always! I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to joy. Lift up our heads from the dust and adorn us with your righteousness, that we may rejoice and testify that our Lord has come; for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Reading and Prayer: Fourth Week “Revealing”

Galatians 4:4-5

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son to be born of a woman, so that he would be born under the law, in order to redeem those under the law, so that we would be adopted as sons.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

O Lord, you promised in your Holy Scriptures to send your Son Jesus Christ as the Son of David, and your own Son. Reveal this saving promise also to us and move our hearts to faith and obedience; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

As the leader lights the Advent candle(s), the leader and group say this responsive verse:

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.
On those living in the land of the shadow of death, the light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2)

Let us pray.

We praise you, O Lord our God, for giving us every spiritual blessing through your beloved Son. Enlighten our hearts and minds that we may shine as lights in this dark world, to the praise of your glorious grace; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

May the wisdom of the Wonderful Counselor direct us,
the strength of the Mighty God protect us,
the love of the Everlasting Father embrace us,
the peace of the Prince of Peace surround us.
Amen.

A stanza of the hymn, “Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel” may be sung.

Source: Paul C. Stratman, 2019. Prayers are from Now and Forever.

Scriptures from the Holy Bible: Evangelical Heritage Version. www.wartburgproject.org.

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pastorstratman

Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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