Lighting of the Fourth Candle of the Advent Wreath
On this final Sunday of Advent, we hear how God will usher in the Kingdom through the birth of the Christ-child. With this incarnation, God's people will experience firsthand the type of obedience that is required of those who proclaim to be faithful to the Lord our God. Along with this call to obedience come the words, "Do not be afraid!"—a reminder that is surely needed for the courage it will take to follow in the ways of the Lord. Do not be afraid, the Lord our God is with us.
Let us pray:
Immanuel, you dwell among us as the one who comes to save all people from our sins. Your Son was obedient even unto death. May his coming birth instill in us the courage to follow faithfully, even in the midst of the hardships such an obedience will demand. And, in following, may we know the joy of belonging to Christ, the one whose coming is certain and who day draws near. Amen.