This is the last time this year we will light the Advent candles.
For four weeks the candles have been burning as we thought about hope, peace, joy and love. These are the gifts which Jesus brought to us at Christmastime. The waiting is over and Jesus is born!
Each week another candle glowed, and our wreath shone more brightly. Today we light our white candle, the candle which represents Jesus. It is the center of our wreath, just as Jesus is the center of our lives. Happy birthday, Jesus!
God, our hearts sing with joy and praise because of Jesus. At this happy season, we rejoice that Jesus came among us. By his birth and life he has shown us that we are your people and that we are greatly loved. Help us to remember Christmas all year long by giving to others the gifts of life: hope, peace, joy, love, kindness and understanding. Amen!