This time period between November 29th and December 25th is called the season of Advent and it means to look for something good that is coming. There is something that is about to appear that is the fulfillment of our hopes and dreams. Advent is a beautiful word. It gives us energy and excitement as we look forward to the days ahead, regardless of the circumstances we may find ourselves in. It tells us that no matter how bleak, how dark the situation may be, there are better days ahead.




Relight the Candle of Hope and the Candle of Peace.


Light the pink or rose-colored candle, the Candle of Joy.


Read Isaiah 35 and Luke 2:8-14


Leader: On the third Sunday of Advent, we relight the candles of Hope and Peace as we remember that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, our hope and our peace. Then we light the Candle of Joy – the rose colored candle. Just as the birth of Jesus gave His parents great joy, His presence in the world gives joy to those who had none before. We light the Candle of Joy to remind us that when Jesus is born in us, we have joy, and that, through Him, there will be everlasting joy. Joy is like a light shining in a dark place.


Song to listen to : “O Little Town of Bethlehem”




Prayer: Thank you God for the joy you give us. We ask that as we wait for all your promises to come true, and for Christ to come again, that you would remain present with us. Help us today and every day to worship you, to hear your word, and to do your will by sharing your joy with each other. We ask it in the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem.


Amen.




Every night your family eats together during the week, light the first two blue/purple candles, and the rose candle and repeat the prayer.

SPECIAL SCRIPTURE:


THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT

Day 2: Micah 5:2,4

Day 3: Isaiah 7:14
Day 4: Isaiah 9:6-7
Day 5: Psalms 146:5-10
Day 6: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Day 7: John 1:19-34