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Monday, December 10, 2007

A Family Advent - Week 2

Make the Advent Candle Service the center of your family’s Christmas preparation. Find a time to gather around the wreath. Light the appropriate candles. Read the Christmas story. Say the prayers. Sing the carols. Let your light shine. Brighten your world with the Light of Christ. The theme of the second week, Dec 9 to 15 is LOVE.

Bible: In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.

Pray: God, journey with us to Bethlehem. Go with us and lead us to your love. Go with us and teach us to love others.

Light the first candle, and then the second candle.

Sing: O Little Town of Bethlehem
O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by;
Yet in thy dark street shineth the everlasting light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

Devotion: This is the second Sunday of Advent. Today we remember that Mary and Joseph went on a journey to Bethlehem. We too are on our own journey. We travel toward Christmas, and the birth of Jesus because we want to know Him better, to feel His love, to see his face in our life today.

Pray: Thank you God for the Donkey who carried Mary and for the animals that greeted them in Bethlehem, and for taking care of all the details in our own journey. In Jesus name, Amen.

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