The Thrill of Hope leads us to take the first step into the Advent season. Hope keeps us awake, hope is what we trust in, hope that God will show up and set things right. There is a deep longing in all of us that God would hear our cries and know our sorrow and come quickly to our aid.
ADVENT CANDLE LITANY – WEEK 1 Lector
The world says, “All is lost.”
God says, “All is loved.”
The darkness says, “The light is dying.”
The light says, “The fire is catching.”
Fear says, “Cover your eyes and your ears.”
Hope says, “Wait, watch, and listen.”
As we light our first Advent candle,
we pray for holy hope of God.
Come now, O Child of Mary.
Come now, O Prince of Hope.
HYMN OF PRAISE “O Holy Night”
CALL TO CONFESSION Rev. Seth Thomas
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Restore us, O God of hosts.
Let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Save us, O Lord, from traps of our own creating:
from fear that blocks the way of love,
from worry that blocks the way of joy,
from isolation that blocks the way of relationship,
from structural injustices that keep the world bound.
Forgive us, O God of hosts,
until the stars fall from heaven
and we live as people transformed. Amen.