Be sure your family understands why you are celebrating advent and the meaning of the various symbols used.
If you choose to display a Bible near the Advent wreath or the nativity set, place it there now.
The Lighting of the Christmas Candles
The Candle of Hope
We light the Christmas Candles to get our hearts ready to celebrate Christmas. Today, we light the first candle. It is called the Candle of Hope to remind us of the hope Jesus brings to the world. It is purple to remind us that Jesus is royalty; He is the King of Kings.
Read Luke 1:11-22.
After Zechariah and Elizabeth’s child was born, a miracle happened.
Read Luke 1:62-64.
Zechariah told the people that the Savior had come and He was the Hope of the world.
Together, we light the Candle of Hope to remind us that Jesus is our hope. He is the Light of the world and He is always with us. Light the first candle.
Prayer: Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to earth. Thank You for giving us hope. Help us to share that hope with others as we focus on You this Advent season. Amen.
Sing: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”
- What are you hopeful for this Christmas?
- How can you bring hope to someone this Christmas?
- Read scripture passages about giving and receiving gifts: John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Matthew 6:1-4; 7:7-12; 25:35-40. What is God’s gift to us? What do the passages say about giving? How do you feel about giving and receiving gifts?
Set up the stable and any animals (you may wish to save the sheep for week 3) you have for your nativity set.
Talk about where Jesus was born and the animals that would have been there. You may choose to do some research into the town of Bethlehem and stables during the time of Jesus’ birth.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NIV)