For another advent candle liturgy, check out Chloe Axford’s Advent Candle Walking Liturgy on EngageWorship.org.
They write: This simple interactive Advent candle liturgy involves the whole congregation and uses the whole church. It offers an alternative take on the traditional lighting of the Advent crown on the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.
Here’s the first part of the liturgy. To see the rest, visit EngageWorship.org. You’ll need to register to see the whole thing, but it’s free…and you're guaranteed to come across lots of other great resources on that site!
First Sunday of Advent:
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,
for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
The lighting of a candle on the first Sunday of Advent is traditionally associated with the hope that Jesus’ birth brings.
Give the congregation paper and pens and ask them to write their own prayers of hope – for themselves, people they know, their local area, world situations etc. When they have written them, invite the whole congregation over to the ‘Hope’ candle and light it, saying the following prayer:
Jesus, who brings hope into hopeless situations, we thank you for your heavenly rescue mission, which we remember at Christmas. We light this candle as a reminder of the hope that you bring.
We offer up our prayers of hope, knowing that you care deeply about each and every one of these situations. Amen.
Now invite the congregation to place their prayers around the candle – the idea is that the candle and prayers will remain there throughout Advent (with the candle being re-lit each Sunday before the service).
~ written by Chloe Axford, and posted on EngageWorship.org. Visit their site for many other great worship resources.