Saturday, November 27, 2010
This is the eve of the First Sunday of Advent, on which we recall the hope we have in Jesus the Christ. The prophets of Israel all spoke of the coming of the Anointed One, a savior who would be born, a king in the line of David. They spoke of how he would reign over the world wisely and bless the nations. Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ our hope. On Good Friday the Christ of our hope died. On the day of Resurrection the Christ of our hope rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. On the Last Day the Christ of our hope will come to establish his reign over all things in heaven and on earth.
We light this first Advent candle to remind us to be alert and to watch for his return.
Loving God, we thank you for the hope you give us. Help us prepare
our hearts for the Lord's coming. Bless our worship. Help us live holy
and righteous lives. We ask it in the name of the One born in Bethlehem.