Advent Candle Liturgy

This is an advent candle liturgy using the appointed psalms for Advent and Christmas Eve in Year A.  Each reading begins with a poem using a Japanese poetry form known as a tanka.

You are free to use this liturgy provided you use it with this attribution:

© Used with permission by the author, the Rev. Quentin Chin.

Nov 27 – Advent 1

The eastern sky glows
a sign this night will end soon
as the past departs
hope’s future lies before us
revealing God’s realm of peace

Psalm 122

I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem– built as a city that is bound firmly together.
To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
For there the thrones for judgment were set up,
the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
and security within your towers.”
For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say,
“Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.

Unison Prayer:  You are the light, O God, to dispel the darkness.  You are the source of hope in our sea of anxiety. We sit and wait for the hope-filled promise of a new day.  It will be a day when scarcity and deprivation will vanish.  It will be a day when true peace and justice rooted in your steadfast love will be made real.  It will be the day when your will for us will be fulfilled.  Amen.

Dec 4 – Advent 2

Prepare, get ready
the Almighty is coming
for our repentance
to live righteously for all
to bring God’s justice to all

 Psalm 72:1- 7, 18-19

Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to a king’s son.
May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice.
May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness.
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the needy,
and crush the oppressor.
May he live while the sun endures,
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
like showers that water the earth.
In his days may righteousness flourish
and peace abound, until the moon is no more.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may his glory fill the whole earth.
Amen and Amen.

Unison Prayer:  O God, you call us to repent of our ways so we can live our lives with your commandments.  You call us repent so we can live lives of peace and joy.  May we flourish in your ways so that we can help our neighbors find that same peace and joy we have in You.  Amen.

Dec 11 – Advent 3

Scatter the proud
send the rich away empty
living the gospel
to comfort the afflicted
so all people will have peace

 Psalm 146:5-10

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
he upholds the orphan and the widow,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
The Lord will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord!

Unison Prayer:  You are the purveyor of justice and peace, O God.  Let us rest in your compassion and mercy.  Grant that we will find joy in your presence.  Renew us and prepare us.  A new day will soon break upon us.  Grant that through our ministries of grace we can bind up broken lives and be bearers of hope in this world.  Amen.

Dec 18 – Advent 4

Angels surround us
telling us that peace is near
and waiting soon ends
when warfare and despair cease
to reveal God’s realm of love.

 Psalm 80:1- 7, 17-19

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
Stir up your might,
and come to save us!
Restore us, O God;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.
O Lord God of hosts,
how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
You have fed them with the bread of tears,
and given them tears to drink in full measure.
You make us the scorn of our neighbors;
our enemies laugh among themselves.
Restore us, O God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.
But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand,
the one whom you made strong for yourself.
Then we will never turn back from you;
give us life, and we will call on your name.
Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Unison Prayer:  Our waiting is almost over, O God.  Prepare us for that day when your peace and your justice will prevail.  Fill us with courage.  Give us strength.  Put words upon our tongues so we may boldly proclaim your peace.  Amen.

Dec 24 – Christmas Eve

The angels singing
Glory to God peace on earth
our wait is over
love came down to kiss us all
Jesus Christ is here

Psalm 96

O sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples.
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be revered above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in holy splendor;
tremble before him, all the earth.
Say among the nations, “The Lord is king!
The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.
He will judge the peoples with equity.”
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord; for he is coming,
for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with his truth.

Unison Prayer:  O God, you are the source of love.  The angels sing a new song.  It is a song of hope and a song of peace.  It is a song of justice for all people in all times and places.  O God, in love you come down to dwell among us and to share our struggles.  You come to bring hope to those filled with despair, to comfort those filled with anxiety, to bring peace to this world.  Glory be to You, O Holy One.  Amen.

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About Quentin Chin

Eclectic interests: religion, technology, food, music, current events. I live in the reality-based world.
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