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In our family we celebrate Advent every year. We use a very simple outline and five candles. The first year we just used five fat candles grouped together and then added some greenery. After searching for a bit I found the candelabra that we now use. The celebration now includes three generations so please feel free to adapt our outline to fit your own needs.
(The First Week in Advent)
Grandfather: “Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world, he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Grandchild: Light a red candle and ask: “Why do we light one candle?”
Grandfather: “This candle reminds us of the light of hope that the prophets had in their expectations of a Messiah who would bring peace to the world.”
Here is what the prophets hoped for when they thought and prayed about what God would do for his people.
Adult: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of darkness, a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased its joy. The people have rejoiced before You as they rejoice at harvest time and as they rejoice when dividing spoils. For You have shattered their burdensome yoke and the rod on their shoulders, the staff of their oppressor, just as You did on the day of Midian. For the trampling boot of battle and the bloodied garments of war will be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:2-6)
Adult: “Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
Everyone Sing: Away in a Manger
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head;
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.
Grandfather: Father, our world is in darkness. We need the light of peace and love to shine in our world. Help us to prepare our lives and our homes to receive the One who said. ‘I am the light of the world.’