Third Sunday of Advent: Candles

Today we relight the first two candles of the Advent wreath. The candle of HOPE and the candle of PEACE.

Now we light the third candle of Advent.

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This is the candle of JOY. As the coming of Jesus, our Savior, draws nearer, our joy builds with our anticipation of his birth.

From the Book of Isaiah we read the words of our Lord:

“But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am
about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.”
– Isaiah 65:18

From the New Testament, the words of Paul to the people of the church at Galatia:

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If we live by
the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.”
– Galatians 5:22-25

Let us pray:
We joyfully praise you, O Lord, for the fulfillment of your promise of
a Savior and what that means in our lives. Thank you for the gift of
salvation through the birth of your son, Jesus. Create us anew as we
wait, and help us to see your glory as you fill our lives with your
living Spirit. Amen.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.


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