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December 10

Elementary:

We pause and begin our prayer in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Hope and Love are at the heart of Advent in December.  Every day we may see someone in our school or in the community who seem to lose hope that things will get better.  Jesus promises hope and love in this world.This week's second purple candle is called the "love" candle.

This week's second purple candle is called the "love" candle.  The light of this candle reminds us of the coming of Jesus who is himself God's love in our world. He showed this great love by healing the sick, blind, deaf, and the lame.  He even brought the dead back to life. He never turned anyone away but offered love and kindness.  He did not call people names or make fun of anyone but offered a healing touch and kind words.

How can we live like Jesus? 

We pray for Jesus' love to come through our words and actions to the world !

In the light of two advent candles we pray:

God of love,

Help bring love, fairness and understanding to our world.

We remember that we are all

children of the light.

We conclude with our Advent Prayer:

God's hope to direct me.

God's love to surround me.

God's joy to warm me.

God's peace to comfort me.

Bless our Advent journey to Christmas with light and patience as we continue our day in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.


High School:

We pause and begin our prayer in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Every day we see people in our school or in the community who seem to lose hope that things will get better.  The Gospel of Jesus promises hope and joy in this world and in heaven. We are to live the gospel of hope and love in all that we do.

Today's purple candle this second week of Advent, is called the "love" candle.  The light of this candle reminds us of the coming of Jesus, the light of our world, who brings us hope and fills us with God's love – if we let him.

Jesus did marvelous things! He healed the sick and the lame.  He did not turn away or bully but offered love and compassion – a helping hand!  He did not call people names or make fun of someone but offered a healing touch and kind words.

How can we live like Jesus?  How can we offer understanding, patience and love to those who are different than we are?  How are we called to create a world where everyone and their gifts are valued? We can start be praying for a change in our hearts first!

In the light of two advent candles we say:

God of love,

May we use the gifts of the Spirit of God

to help bring about the reign of your love and understanding in our world.

May the Spirit of love and hope be with us during this Advent season.

We remember that we are all members of the body of Christ;

that we are all temples of the Holy Spirit

and we are all children of the light.

We conclude with our Advent Prayer:

God's hope to direct me.

God's love to surround me.

God's joy to warm me.

God's peace to comfort me.

May our Advent journey seek justice for all peoples on this day the United Nations Human Rights Day. We remember in our prayers all people who are struggling with a lack of basic human rights – Advent is a time for social justice in our world!  Amen.

In love and hope we continue our day in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.