Christmas Day - Advent Wreath
Light all the candles, including the white candle in the center of the wreath.
“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5)
The optional fifth candle represents LIGHT and PURITY. It is also referred to as Christ’s Candle.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it. A man came, sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that everyone might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was created by him, but the world did not recognize him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not receive him. But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name – he has given the right to become God’s children – children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God. Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory – the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. John testified about him and shouted out, “This one was the one about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am, because he existed before me.”’ For we have all received from his fullness one gracious gift after another. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only one, himself God, who is in closest fellowship with the Father, has made God known.”
- Celebrate the fulfillment of what God planned from the beginning!
- As you see beautiful lights today, remember the true Light that came into the world and illuminates the darkness.
- Thank God for making a way for us to be his children!
Lord, today we remember and celebrate together the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. On this day, we were all given “a thrill of hope” as “a weary world rejoices. For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.” May we more fully understand the significance of you taking on flesh and coming into our world as a baby, choosing to come near to us in a tangible way. You went to great lengths to come near to us; may we respond to your nearness. Amen.
Elise has attended Scarlet City Church for over 10 years and has served in many areas, most recently as an elementary teacher in Scarlet City Kids.