Fourth Sunday of Advent

Call to Worship/Lighting the Advent Wreath

5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, He said, “Sacrifices and offerings You have not desired,    but a body have You prepared for Me;6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings    You have taken no pleasure.7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God,    as it is written of Me in the scroll of the book.’” 8 When He said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), 9 then He added, “Behold, I have come to do Your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.—Hebrews 10:5-10 

We light the fourth candle of PEACE with the candles of HOPE, LOVE, and JOY.  We have peace with God because Christ did for us what we could not do for ourselves.  We are sanctified through Christ’s offering of Himself, so that we might have eternal peace. 

Let us pray: O Father, as we light these candles, we bask in the glow of the light.  We remember all that You have done for us through Your Son.  We thank You for His sacrifice and for fulfilling Your will.  Sanctify us by Your Holy Spirit, and grant us peace that we may rest in the offering of Christ that grants us perpetual peace.  In His Name, Amen.