BOB: Tonight we celebrate the culmination of Advent, the birth of Jesus the Messiah‚Ä¶ the long awaited hope of the world. Anticipation. Part of the beauty of the Christmas season is that every year we get to experience again the anticipation. The promises, the waiting, and then again, the Birth of Christ. But most of Advent, like much of our lives, is waiting. The days grow shorter, the nights longer, it‚Äôs colder, darker‚Ä¶ when will He come?
When will God break into the darkness and bring the Light He has promised to bring?
We relight the Advent Candles of the past weeks to remind us of hope, of God‚Äôs promises made and God‚Äôs promises kept (Relight candles 1-4)
Let‚Äôs pray this together:
Eternal God, ‚Ä®
who made this most holy night to shine with the brightness of your one true light:‚Ä®bring us, who have known the revelation of that light on earth, ‚Ä®to see the radiance of your heavenly glory;‚Ä® through Jesus Christ our Lord.
BOB: We come together tonight as people have been doing for thousands of years‚Ä¶ to tell ourselves the story. To remind ourselves why. We rehearse the details, we remember the plot‚Ä¶ we see in the stories of lives of those that came before us our story‚Ä¶ our fall, our hope, our redemption.