The first Advent Candle is for HOPE in a dark world.
The second candle if for the PROPHETS, who spread God’s word in a dark world.
The third candle is for JOHN THE BAPTIST, who prepared the way for the one who would bring light and hope.
The fourth candle is for MARY, who gave birth to God’s son.
The fifth candle is for JESUS CHRIST, who is the Light of the World and banished the darkness.
1st Wait for the Lord, his day is near. Wait for the Lord, keep watch, take heart. Taize Community
2nd Dear Lord, inspire all who will lead Advent Worship in the weeks ahead.
3rd We think today of sufferers from HIV and their families and friends. Strengthen them and bring healing and courage as they face each day.
4th We ask you to bless the work of CAP so that its clients may cope at this time of year when it’s so easy to overspend.
5th We hold before you all who have learned to live with loss, but for whom the empty space in their lives is a permanent state.
6th “Faith consists of believing when it is beyond the power of the reason to believe" Voltaire
7th We pray for all who are undergoing medical treatment at this time and for the dedicated people who care for them.
8th For all who live with prejudice in their daily lives because of appearance, creed, skin colour or for other reasons we ask your blessing.
9th Thank you, Lord, for the love of friends and family, and for the good memories we share.
10th As we come to worship today we remember those of our church-family who cannot be with us.
11th Thank you, Lord, for the response to our fund-raising this year. Thank you also for the work done by our members of our Development Group.
12th POSITIVE MOMENT: Take a few minutes from your busy day just to breathe consciously and give thanks for the life-force within you.
13th We think of those who have suffered in natural disasters and ask you to empower them as they try to rebuild their lives.
14th POSITIVE VISUALISATION: Take time to travel in your imagination to a time when you were happy, safe and rested. Go there now and stay for as long as you can then give God thanks for those times.
15th We hold before you ambulance and emergency staff who deal with heart-rending events. Strengthen and uphold them.
16th As we buy and wrap gifts let’s take a few moments to pray for each recipient.
17th Bless our children of Young Church as they take part in our worship today.
18th Dear Lord, the streets and shops are so noisy and busy, the whole world seems geared up for a commercial celebration, fuelled by excess, help us to stop and remember the Christ Child who is the loving heart of it all.
19th We remember today all who will be away from home, or have no home to go to this Christmas. We remember those who serve in our armed forces, and all who will be working with agencies overseas.
20th Loving God, we hold before you all who are in need of healing for broken bodies and broken minds.
21st “People, look East, and sing today: Love, the Lord, is on the way.” E Farjeon
22nd Dear Lord, help us to be patient and tolerant of the queues and crowds as we go about our daily business.
23rd We pray for those for whom the brightness and sparkle that surrounds us at this season only intensifies the darkness of their own lives.
24th “Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes,” Hymn 277
25th “Oh holy Child of Bethlehem … Be born in us today.” Hymn 304
26th Today, Lord, we ask for healing and peace – for our loved ones and ourselves.
27th We pray for the work of The Samaritans, Cruse Bereavement Care, and all other counselling agencies.
28th As we move nearer to the end of the year we remember and give thanks for loved ones no longer part of our daily lives.
29th We are the product of our past experiences, our prejudices, our fears and our dreams. Help us, Lord, to find a true balance in our lives.
30th Thank you, Lord, for the blessings of this passing year.
31st As we look back on the passing year, and ahead to the future be with each one of us and those whom we love.