Kids love ritual! No seriously, religious rituals engage more styles of learning than simply talking at the children. In the children’s church I lead, we have have been lighting the Advent wreath candles each week as Christmas approaches. Here is a simple liturgy I wrote. You are of course welcome to adapt, but the vision was that first line be read by an adult or a strong reader, the second line can be led by a child, either as a unison prayer or broken into a repeat-after-me prayer, and the third part either announced by the pastor/priest or said by all in unison.
Advent Candle 1 – Purple – Hope
Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Romans 5:5 NRSV)
Dear God, we light this candle to remember you give us hope when we are worried. Amen.
Let us live in God’s hope!
Advent Candle 2 – Purple – Peace
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7 NRSV)
Dear God, we light this candle to remember you give us peace when we are scared. Amen.
Let us live in God’s peace!
Advent Candle 3 – Pink – Joy
Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 12:6 NRSV)
Dear God, we light this candle to remember you give us joy when we are sad. Amen.
Let us live in God’s joy!
Advent Candle 4 – Purple – Love
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7 NRSV)
Dear God, we light this candle to remember you love us and want us to love others even when we’re lonely and even when others are hard to love. Amen.
Let us live in God’s love!
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