Advent 2014

Dear Friends,
Advent is here! Yes, Sunday, November 30th marks the first day of Advent this year. The time to await for the coming of the Lord has begun. During this season we wait, like children waiting for a precious gift, to experience the love and grace of Emmannuel, in our homes. During this sacred time of the year, you are invited to meditate and await God’s coming by lighting an Advent Wreath in your home. You can do it by having a family devotional time every Sunday before Christmas. Below is a suggestion of Scripture Readings you can use. Please don’t take it as a set form. You can use different readings, you can modify the prayers, and you can add hymns, carols, or other prayers your family likes. If your family has younger children, feel free to simplify, shorten, and paraphrase the prayers. If you need help choosing advent songs, please contact our Music Director, Mrs. Marianne Turk, she has a vast array of selections you can use for your unique setting. If you need hymnals to take home, please, contact Pastor Shirley. We have some extra ones you can borrow.

FAMILY ADVENT DEVOTIONAL

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LIGHTING THE *ADVENT WREATH
First Sunday
• Light one purple candle
• Read Isaiah 60:2-3
• Sing your favorite carol or advent song
• Prayer: Gracious God, we light this candle to thank you for your Son, Emmanuel, who is the light of the world. We thank you for your light shining in our family even in the dark times, when we have felt we can no longer see the sun. We thank you for this precious light that illumines our path and our lives. Amen

Second Sunday
• Light two purple candles
• Read Mark 1:4
• Sing your favorite carol or advent song.
• Prayer: Gracious God, we light this candle to thank you for your Son, Emmanuel, who is the way. We, who like sheep have forgotten about your teachings and have gone astray, need your Grace. We need you in our home and in our lives. We thank you that we have found the way to you through Jesus Christ. We give you thanks and praise in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Third Sunday
• Light three purple candles
• Read Isaiah 35:10
• Sing your favorite carol or advent song.
• Prayer: Gracious God, we light this candle to thank you for your Son, Emmanuel, who brings us great joy. We who have walked in shadows of despair have found joy as a family and as your chidren. We thank you for teaching us to see you in the people we meet, in the nature we enjoy, in the gifts you provide. Above all, we thank you that we have found life and joy in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Amen

Fourth Sunday
• Light all the purple candles
• Read Isaiah 9:6-7
• Sing your favorite carol or advent song
• Prayer: Gracious God, we light this candle to thank you for your Son, Emmanuel, who is the Prince of Peace. We, who face difficulties and problems, have found peace in our home, in the promise of eternal life. We give you thanks and praise in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Christmas Eve
• Light all the purple candles, pink candle and the white candle
• Read Luke 1:68-79 and Luke 2:1-20
• Sing your favorite carol or advent song
Prayer: We praise you, Gracious God, because on this day, your son came to us as an infant child. We thank you for inviting us to share in the songs of angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wisemen. This holy night, close the door of hate and open the doors of love in our family and in our lives. Let kindness come with every gift and good desire with every greeting and may the Christmas morning make us happy to be your children. Amen

Music Director: Mrs. Marianne Turk 773 545 8989 (Church Office)
Pastor: Rev. Shirley Pulgar-Hughes 773 545 8989 (Church Office)

*An Advent Wreath is a circle of greens, sometimes with berries and pine cones, with four candles around the circumference. These may be all white, or three purple and one pink. Each Sunday, a new candle is lit, with a prayer, until all are burning. A fourth white Christ-candle may be put in the center and lit on Christmas Eve. The Scripture lessons for the Sunday may be read as candles are lit (don’t let the greens dry out and become a fire hazard) You can use votive lights in glass, tapers, or columns in the wreath.

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING -Worship Services
Readers
First Sunday of Advent 11/30
English Service Charlotte Devoe/Dorothy Vomaska
Spanish Service Joel and Mayra Vasquez

Second Sunday of Advent 12/7
Joint Service (Hanging of The Greens) Vicente Montes y Maria Rivera (Maria’s granddaughters)

Third Sunday of Advent 12/14
English Service Arnedo and Eden Sapnu
Spanish Service Ramon and Rita Rodriguez

Fourth Sunday of Advent 12/21
English Service Karl and Nancy Fritz
Spanish Service Rev. Evaristo Loaiza

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