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December 20 – Candle of Love

posted Dec 20, 2015, 2:50 PM by Vicki Andros   [ updated Dec 20, 2015, 2:50 PM ]

God’s chosen people often turned away from the Law and were less than faithful, yet, they were still God’s chosen people.

Long before Christ was born, God made a promise to King David that his throne would be established forever through God’s faithful love.

On the night Christ came to earth, that promise was fulfilled – out of the house of David the Savior arose, a Savior given to redeem the whole world.

God’s love for us truly does endure forever, and in remembrance of God’s mighty acts through Jesus Christ we light the Candle of Love.

Let us pray:

Lord God, help us always to remember that we are redeemed through our belief in your Son. No matter how far we stray, you’re always right there waiting for us, loving us. We rejoice in Your steadfast love for all the people of the world, fulfilled in the birth of your Son, Jesus. In Jesus name. Amen.

December 13 – Candle of Hope

posted Dec 20, 2015, 2:48 PM by Vicki Andros   [ updated Dec 20, 2015, 2:48 PM ]

December 13 – Candle of Hope

As a family here today, we come together in a celebration of hope. But what do we hope for?

As we head towards Christmas we often hope that we can find the perfect gift to give, the perfect outfit to wear, the perfect tree to decorate. But the first Christmas was far from perfect.

The Hope of the Nations came to us on a night of messy circumstances. The Light of the World was born in a stable, laid to bed in a feeding trough and was attended to by field hands. They were messy circumstances, and yet it was just right for Jesus Christ, a perfect child, surrounded by all of the love two parents could give.

This morning we light the Candle of Hope, as we pray for Christ to come into our hearts again.

Let us pray:

Lord God, help us not to be so focused on finding perfection in this season that we miss out on the hope that only You can bring to us. In Jesus name. Amen.

December 6 - Candle of Miracles

posted Dec 7, 2015, 9:27 PM by Vicki Andros   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 9:27 PM ]

More than 2,000 years ago the Glory of God was revealed to us through the birth of Christ Jesus. A glorious miracle, sent down from heaven.

But many people refused to believe in this miracle, even though they had been waiting for it for so long.

That night, the Lord came to live with a humble and poor family – a family with room in their hearts and faithfulness to the Lord. A family who was ready to receive a miracle.

This morning, we light the Candle of Miracles. This light reminds us that not only do miracles happen around us every day, but that every day we are called show God’s miraculous love to others.

Let us pray: 

Lord God, we need your help today. Help us to make room for the miraculous in our lives that the light of Christ might shine through us again. In Jesus name. Amen.

November 29th - The Candle of Blessings

posted Dec 7, 2015, 9:24 PM by Vicki Andros   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 9:24 PM ]

We are a people accustomed to waiting. Waiting in line. Waiting in traffic. Waiting for that call.

But are we waiting for the right things this December? Are we waiting for the Lord?

Advent is a season of waiting, but this year let it also be a season of giving.

Long ago, God saw his children had a great need for a Savior, but even now there’s need for Christ to come down into our lives.

But as we wait for Christ to be revealed to us again, let us not wait to do the good Christ has called us to do.

This day we light the Candle of Blessings, for as the Lord has blessed us with so many gifts, we are called to be blessings to others. Let us pray:

Lord God, reveal Yourself to us again. Help us this Advent season to focus on your son Jesus, who came not to be served, but to serve. Help us not to serve ourselves this December, but to serve you as we serve others. In Jesus name. Amen.

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