Advent Candles Year 1 Narrative Lectionary

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Blue Christmas/Longest Night Comfort Candle Suggested: Liturgy Guide

Nov 27 Hope Candle
Faith as a Way of Life
Habakkuk 1:1-7; 2:1-4 3: [3B-6], 17-19 
Prophet grieved by injustice: Faith as a way, not an answer
Matt 26: 36-38 Gethsemane Jesus is grieved, asks Disciples to watch
Hope

God, what does hope taste like?
Does it taste like clear cool water after a faithful run
God says, faith is a path. 
God light our path with Hope
Help us tp the light the Hope candle
So we might find your justice, mercy and light. 

Suggested Hymn V. 1 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence or V. 1 O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Dec. 4
Esther Love Candle
Esther 4:1-17
For Such a Time as This, Esther was Made Queen

Salt and Light 

Too often we feel in our souls the meaning of for such a time as this!
We need love candles, to light our way.
God sends the Esthers, to love us in terrible times.
God light our path with Love
Help us to light the Love candle 
So we might find your justice, mercy and light. 

Suggested Hymn V. 2 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence or V. 3 O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Dec 11 Joy Candle
Light of Nations
Isaiah 42:1-9 Through Spirit bring Release to Prisoners
Matthew 12:15-21 Spirit of justice, fulfilling the prophecy

Light of Nations, how we desire you
We long for the taste of freedom
God sends the Holy Spirit to free all prisoners
God light the path to freedom with Joy
Help us to light the Joy candle
So we might find your justice, mercy and light.

Suggested Hymn V. 3 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence or V. 2 O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Dec 18th  Peace Candle
Jesus as Immanuel 
Matthew 1:18-25
fPsalm 23:14

Holy Spirit, we cannot even fully conceive your peace
But how we need the fullness of God’s Shalom in our souls
God be with us, our Emmanuel, tell us the story until it lives in us
God light our path to Peace
Help us to light the Peace candle
So we might find your justice, mercy and light.

Suggested Hymn V. 4 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence or V. 1 O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Dec 24 Christ Candle
Birth of Jesus 
Luke 2:1-14 [15-20]
Psalm 96 (10-13)
God, you are coming to us in Christ
We long to fill your presence here
God what a miracle you become, a baby
a human translation of God’s love
Come let us welcome Christ
Come let us find you in justice, mercy and light

Suggested Hymn It Came Upon A Midnight Clear or O Holy Night

 

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Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant for 7 years, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times. "Hallows, not Horcruxes" Harry Potter

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